Tough love, African style
The latest in the NORPA independent film series is Tsotsi a South African film that won Best Foreign Film at this years Academy Awards. Directed by Gavin Hood and adapted from a 1960 novel by Athol Fugard, this film is rated R because it explores (graphically) a young murderer coming to grips with the brutal consequences of his actions. It is, as the film spiel puts it, a triumph of love over rage.
It also explores South African ghetto living and the soundtracks to that lifestyle. Tsotsi is the name of a young man who leads a criminal gang and whose brutal treatment as a kid is reflected in his violence and anger toward others. But eventually, with the responsibility of a very young life in his hands, Tsotsi comes to grips with the necessity of embracing love (for himself and others) in his life.
This is a hard and harrowing film that somehow projects a profound beauty and hope. (The superb acting of Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi has a lot to do with that.)
Tsotsi screens at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore next Thursday and Friday, June 1-2, at 7pm, and on Saturday, June 3, at 2pm.
Tickets are $10/8 at the door.