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Tsotsi
Directed by Gavin Hood
Produced by Peter Fudakowski
Written by Athol Fugard (novel),
Gavin Hood
Starring Presley Chweneyagae
Distributed by Miramax Films (USA)
Release date(s) Flag of United Kingdom 18 August 2005 (premiere at EFF
Flag of South Africa 23 December 2005
Flag of Australia 23 February 2006
Flag of United States 24 February 2006 (limited)
Flag of United Kingdom 17 March 2006
Running time 94 mins.
Language Tsotsitaal (Isicamtho)
Budget ~ US$3,000,000
IMDb profile

Tsotsi is a 2005 Academy Award-winning film directed by Gavin Hood and set in a Soweto slum, near Johannesburg, South Africa. It is based on a novel of the same name by Athol Fugard. The soundtrack features Kwaito music performed by the popular South African artist Zola as well as a score by Mark Kilian and Paul Hepker featuring the voice of South African protest singer/poet Vusi Mahlasela. Image File history File linksMetadata Tsotsi_film. ... Gavin Hood is a South African actor, writer, producer and director, best known for winning the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards for the 2005 film Tsotsi. ... Peter Fudakowski is a London based film producer. ... Harold Athol Lannigan Fugard (b. ... Gavin Hood is a South African actor, writer, producer and director, best known for winning the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards for the 2005 film Tsotsi. ... Presley Chweneyagae (1985 - ) is a South African actor, best known for starring in the film Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Edinburgh International Film Festival is part of the Edinburgh Festival, which takes place every August, in Edinburgh. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (358th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... March 17 is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Tsotsitaal, or (isi)Camtho, is a patois mainly spoken in the townships of the Gauteng province in South Africa, such as Soweto. ... Tsotsitaal, or (isi)Camtho, is a patois mainly spoken in the townships of the Gauteng province in South Africa, such as Soweto. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Gavin Hood is a South African actor, writer, producer and director, best known for winning the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards for the 2005 film Tsotsi. ... Johannesburg, including Soweto, from the International Space Station Soweto is an urban area in the City of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, South Africa. ... A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. ... City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... Harold Athol Lannigan Fugard (b. ... Kwaito is a music genre that emerged in Johannesburg, South Africa in the early 1990s. ... Bonginkosi Dlamini, aka Zola, is a South African poet, actor, and kwaito musician. ... Vusi Mahlasela is a South African singer/songwriter whose music is generally described as African folk. ...

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Awards

Tsotsi won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. In 2005, Gavin Hood was nominated for the Screen International Award at the European Film Awards for his work on the movie. Tsotsi received a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006. The film also won at least five "audience" or "people's choice" awards at various film festivals. // As a Special Award 1947 Shoeshine (Sciuscià) (Italy) - Societa Co-operativa Alfa Cinematografica - Paolo William Tamburella producer - Vittorio De Sica director 1948 Monsieur Vincent (France) - E. D. I. C., Union Général Cinématographique - George de la Grandiere producer - Maurice Cloche director 1949 The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette... The 78th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 2005, were held on March 5, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. ... The European Movie Awards are the most prestigious paneuropean movie awards. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


Cast

  • Presley Chweneyagae - Tsotsi
  • Mothusi Magano - Boston
  • Israel Makoe - Tsotsi's father
  • Percy Matsemela - Sergeant Zuma
  • Jerry Mofokeng - Morris
  • Benny Moshe - Young Tsotsi
  • Nambitha Mpumlwana - Pumla Dube
  • Zenzo Ngqobe - Butcher
  • Kenneth Nkosi - Aap
  • Thembi Nyandeni - Soekie
  • Terry Pheto - Miriam
  • Ian Roberts - Captain Smit
  • Rapulana Seiphemo - John Dube
  • Owen Sejake - Gumboot Dlamini
  • Zola - Fela

Presley Chweneyagae (1985 - ) is a South African actor, best known for starring in the film Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. ... Ian Roberts (b. ... Bonginkosi Dlamini, aka Zola, is a South African poet, actor, and kwaito musician. ...

Gay

Tsotsi's gang. From left to right: Boston, Tsotsi, Butcher, Aap.
Tsotsi's gang. From left to right: Boston, Tsotsi, Butcher, Aap.
  • Tsotsi (David): Leader of a gang of small-time thugs. His name is Tsotsitaal for "thug."
  • Boston / Teacher Boy: A member of Tsotsi's gang and a heavy drinker, Boston was studying to be a teacher before he quit college and moved to the shacks. He frequently pleads for decency and moderation in the gang's dealings. It is revealed in a deleted scene that Boston quit school after raping a classmate.
  • Die Aap: Tsotsi's childhood friend, Aap is obedient and happy-go-lucky, and relies on Tsotsi heavily, rarely thinking for himself.
  • Butcher: The fourth member of Tsotsi's gang, and the most violent, Butcher is a cheat and a loose cannon who commits two murders during the course of the film.
  • Morris: A beggar who worked in the gold mines until he was permanently crippled when a beam fell on his legs, Morris begs at the Park Metro Station.
  • Miriam: A widow with a young son who lives near Tsotsi in the slum. She earns money by sewing and selling handicrafts.
Inspector Zuma, Officer Steyn and Captain Smit
  • John and Pumla: The parents of the kidnapped child.
  • Captain Smit: A police captain.

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Characters

His mother dying from complications from HIV disease, the young David ran away from an abusive father and lived with other homeless children in a series of large concrete construction pipes. At the start of the film, David, now known to all as Tsotsi, is involved in a murder committed by Butcher during a mugging. After a fight with Boston, Tsotsi shoots Pumla, a young woman, while stealing her car, only to discover a three month-old baby in the back seat. Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... Look up Mugging in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A Carjacking scene from the film Reservoir Dogs. ...

The gang mug and murder a man on the train.

Tsotsi hastily strips the car of its valuables and takes the baby back to his shack. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 346 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 553 pixel, file size: 53 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I made this file myself, using PrintScreen when the film is paused. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 346 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 553 pixel, file size: 53 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I made this file myself, using PrintScreen when the film is paused. ...


The woman survives the attack, and works with a police artist to create a composite sketch of Tsotsi's face, which is then run in the newspapers. A facial composite is a graphical presentation of an eyewitnesses memory of a face, as recorded by a composite artist. ...


Realizing that he cannot properly care for the baby on his own, Tsotsi spots Miriam, with a young child strapped to her back, collecting water from a public tap. He follows her to her shack and forces her at gunpoint to feed the kidnapped child.

Tsotsi steals Pumla's car.

Meanwhile, rich gang leader Fela begins attempting to recruit Aap, Boston and Butcher to work for him. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 346 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 553 pixel, file size: 73 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I made this file myself, using Printscreen while the film is paused. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 346 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 553 pixel, file size: 73 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I made this file myself, using Printscreen while the film is paused. ...


After he takes the child to Miriam a second time, she asks Tsotsi to leave the child with her so that she can care for him on Tsotsi's behalf. Tsotsi agrees.


Tsotsi decides to take care of the injured Boston, and has the men take Boston to his shack. Boston explains that he never took the teachers' examination, and Tsotsi tells him that the gang will raise the money so that Boston can take the exam. To do so, they will have to commit another robbery.

Miriam washes the baby.

Tsotsi, Butcher and Aap go to Pumla and John's house; when John returns from the hospital they follow him into the house and tie him up. Aap is assigned to watch John while Butcher ransacks the bedroom and David collects items from the baby’s room. When Aap goes to raid the fridge, John activates the alarm. In panic, Butcher attempts to kill John, but David kills Butcher and he and Aap escape in John’s car moments before the security company arrives. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 346 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 553 pixel, file size: 61 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I made this file myself by using Printscreen while the film is paused. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 346 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 553 pixel, file size: 61 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I made this file myself by using Printscreen while the film is paused. ... Burglar (or intrusion), fire and safety alarms are found in electronic form today. ...


Traumatized by Tsotsi's killing of Butcher and fearing that Tsotsi will one day hurt him too, Aap decides to leave the gang. When Tsotsi goes back to Miriam's house she reveals that she knows where he got the baby, and begs him to return the child to his parents.


Tsotsi sets off to return the baby. He reaches John’s house, tells John over the intercom that he will leave the child outside the gate. Meanwhile, an officer stationed at the house alerts Captain Smit, who rushes to the scene, arriving just as Tsotsi is about to walk away. Intercom system in the Pittock Mansion An intercom is an electronic communications system within a building or group of buildings. ...


The police train their guns on Tsotsi, ordering him to return the baby. However, John urges them to lower their weapons so that he can retrieve the baby himself. Tsotsi emotionally returns the baby to John. The police aim their guns at Tsotsi and Captain Smith orders him to raise his hands.

John Dube being robbed.

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Alternate endings

There are two alternate endings on the DVD. In one, Tsotsi dies; in the other, he escapes. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


In the first alternate ending, the police aim their guns at Tsotsi and Captain Smit orders him to raise his hands. As Tsotsi does so, the baby suddenly begins crying. Tstotsi reaches for the baby bottle in his pocket, and is shot in the chest by an officer who thinks he is reaching for a weapon. Tsotsi collapses and dies, his eyes focused on John, Pumla and the baby.


In the second alternate ending, the police aim their guns at Tsotsi and Captain Smit orders him to raise his hands. As Tsotsi does so, the baby suddenly begins crying. Tstotsi reaches for the baby bottle in his pocket, and is shot in the shoulder by an officer who thinks he is reaching for a weapon. Tsotsi drops the bottle in pain, and then turns and runs away, jumping over a wall, dodging Captain Smith's bullet, and running for the slums. Then he suddenly is asleep. But the movie sucks...

Significant plot details end here.

Soundtrack

Music from the Motion Picture album

Tsotsi
Tsotsi cover
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released February 14, 2006
Genre Foreign Language Rap
Soundtracks
Afro-Pop
Label Milan Entertainment
Producer(s) Emmanuel Chamboredon
  1. Zola - Mdlwembe / "Mdlwembe" Music Video
  2. Zola - Bhambatha
  3. Zola - Zingu 7
  4. Pitch Black Afro Feat Bravo - Matofototo
  5. Unathi - Sghubu Sam
  6. Mafikizolo - Mnt'Omnyama
  7. Zola - Palesa
  8. Zola - Seven
  9. Zola - Ehlala Zola
  10. Ishmael - Crazy
  11. Zola - It is Your Life
  12. Zola - Woof Woof
  13. P.Hepker Feat Vusi Mahlasela - Stolen Legs
  14. P.Hepker Feat Vusi Mahlasela - On The Tracks
  15. Vusi Mahlasela - Silang Mabele
  16. P.Hepker Feat Vusi Mahlasela - Bye Bye Baby
  17. P.Hepker Feat Vusi Mahlasela - Baby Handover
  18. P.Hepker Feat Vusi Mahlasela - E Sale Noka
  19. Zola - Ghetto Scandalous

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External links

Wikinews has news related to:
2006 Oscars handed out at Kodak Theatre
  • Official site
  • Read an review of Tsotsi at Fly
  • Tsotsi at the Internet Movie Database
  • Channel 4 interview with actor/kwaito star, Zola
  • Soundtrack at Milan Records
  • Interview with Tsotsi composers Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian
  • Review by Markus Scheuermaier from Harvard University
Preceded by
The Sea Inside
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
2005
Succeeded by
The Lives of Others

 
 

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