Tough love, African style

Life is about one thing the search for love. Even South African gang criminals like Tsotsi can make that journey.

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.


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