Tsotsi (2005) (South Africa: 2005)

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Director: Gavin Hood
Written By: Athol Fugard (novel), Gavin Hood

Cast:
Presley Chweneyagae       Tsotsi
Terry Pheto                            Miriam
Kenneth Nkosi                     Aap
Mothusi Magano                  Boston
Zenzo Ngqobe                      Butcher
Zola                                           Fela
Rapulana Seiphemo           John Dube
Nambitha Mpumlwana    Pumla Dube
Nonthuthu Sibisi                The Baby
Ntuthuko Sibisi                   The Baby

Synopsis: Based on the book of the same name by Athol Fugard. Tsotsi is a small-time criminal from Johannesburg. Hardened by an abusive childhood, Tsotsi has become a teenaged gang leader. One day, Tsotsi hijacks a car only to discover a three-month old baby in the backseat. He takes the baby home with him, enlisting the help of Miriam to care for the child. Meanwhile the mother of the child works with the police to help track Tsotsi down. Winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Reviews and Articles:
Roger Ebert, Tsotsi. RogerEbert.com

Manohla Dargis, From South Africa, a Tough Thug Shows His Big Heart. The New York Times (February 24, 2006)

Peter Travers, Tsotsi. Rolling Stone (February 15, 2006)

Rotten Tomatoes, Tsotsi. RottenTomatoes.com (Many reviews and ratings, both by critics and users)

Academic Articles:
Archibald, David. “Violence and Redemption: An Interview with Gavin Hood.” Cineaste: America’s Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema 31.2 (Spring 2006): 44-47. Print.

Barnard, Rita. “Tsotsis: On Law, the Outlaw, and the Postcolonial State.” Contemporary Literature 49.4 (Winter 2008): 541-572. Print.

Dovey, Lindiwe. “Redeeming Features: From Tsotsi (1980) to Tsotsi (2006).” Journal of African Cultural Studies 19.2 (Dec. 2007): 143-64. Print.

Gover, Daniel. “Tsotsi: From Fugard to Film.” Journal of the African Literature Association 5.1 (Summer 2010): 122-29. Print.

Hlongwane, Gugu. “‘Reader, be assured this narrative is no fiction’: The City and Its Discontents in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow.” Ariel  37.4 (Oct. 2006): 69-82. Print.

Jaafar, Ali. “Sweet and Tender Hooligan.” Sight and Sound 16.4 (April 2006): 5. Print.

Lehman, Daniel. “‘When We Remembered Zion’: The Oscar, the Tsotsi, and the Contender.” English in Africa 38.3 (Oct. 2011): 113-129. Print.

Lehman, David W. “Tsotsi Transformed: Retooling Athol Fugard for the Thabo Mbeki Era.” Research in African Literatures 42.1 (Spring 2011): 87-101. Print.

Reefe, Anne M. “Post-Colonial Transformation: The Rejection of English in Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi.” Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformation of Original Works. Eds. Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 56-68. Print.

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