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Rated NR · 94 minutes · 2006

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this gritty portrait of South African ghetto life packs an unexpected emotional wallop. The title is street slang for "thug" or "gangster," and it's also the name the violent lead character goes by. The 19-year-old (newcomer Presley Chweneyagae) refuses to discuss his past and exhibits no compassion toward his victims. One night he carjacks a woman, not realizing that there is a baby in the back seat. Drawn to the child but ill-equipped to care for it, Tsotsi spots a young mother and barges into her home, demanding that she breastfeed the baby. His exposure to the kind, maternal Miriam (Terry Pheto) triggers long-forgotten memories of his own brutal childhood, and he begins to question his violent nature. Written and directed by Gavin Hood (adapted from an Athol Fugard novel), Tsotsi looks at a marginalized segment of society, but it's also a classic tale of redemption. The two leads are superb, and the film packs overwhelming cathartic power.
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Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: Athol Fugard and Gavin Hood
Producer: Peter Fudakowski
Cast: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Terry Pheto, Percy Matsemela, Jerry Mofokeng, Benny Moshe, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Zenzo Ngqobe, Kenneth Nkosi and Thembi Nyandeni



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