6:30pm EDT October 8
Rogers Center for the Arts
Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe. Directed By Gavin Hood.
South Africa, Rated R, 94 minutes, 2005
Based on the 1980 novel by Athol Fugard Tsotsi–which translates roughly to “thug”–covers six days in the life of its titular 19-year-old hood Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae). His past being a mystery to his friends and, in a way, to himself, Tsotsi leads a small gang of fellow lawbreakers in Johannesburg’s chaotic colorful shanty-filled township. Tsotsi has been hardened by his violent hardscrabble life; nothing really fazes him until a spur-of-the-moment carjacking in a wealthy part of town unexpectedly leaves him burdened with a three-month-old baby. Tsotsi’s reaction to his new responsibility becomes his catalyst for change and growth transforming a toughened street punk into a young man who feels hope for the first time in what seems like a lifetime.
6:30 p.m. Commentary by Luis Saenz de Viguera Erkiaga
7:00 p.m. Screening