Brutal Drama About Black Frat Hazing

The Guardian looks atBurning Sands,” a new Netflix movie about a black fraternity: ‘Hazing is prohibited in the majority of US colleges. It’s an often barbaric practice that serves as an initiation for young men eager to become part of a fraternity. For many, it’s humiliating but for some, it’s far worse and a string of extreme examples have resulted in death. The frat scene on film has traditionally been filled with knockabout comedy, from Animal House through to Neighbors, leaving such dangerous practices relatively uncovered. But last year’s shocking Nick Jonas/James Franco drama Goat lifted the lid on the darker side of campus brotherhood, and following boldly in its footsteps is this starkly effective thriller.

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