Gavin Hood

United Kingdom, South Africa 2005, 94 min.


Spoken language: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English

Subtitles: Dutch

No-go areas. Poor areas full of young people seemingly without a future. These districts are all around the world. Districts with wars between gangs, robbery, theft and murder. Where laws are meaningless and rights do not exist. Where the police are absent and the armyrepressive.
Alexandra in Johannesburg is one such neighbourhood. South Africa is one the most violent countries in the world. This is the country where gang leader Tsotsi tries to survives. His mother died of AIDS and he has a bad relationship with his father. During a robbery Tsotsi accidentally kidnaps a baby. The forced responsibility changes the gangster´s life. This is the beginning of a split between Tsotsi and his criminal friends. New confrontations are inevitable when he attempts to make up for his criminal life.

Tsotsi has been nominated for the Oscar for the best foreign film. It is a compelling township drama full of stimulating South African kwaito music and dynamic camera style by director Gavin Hood. The film is a symbol for South Africa of today, with its heritage of lawlessness, but also with the prospect of justice.

Official website: http://www.tsotsi.com



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