Director:   Gavin Hood
Year:   2005
Language:   Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans
Time:   94 minutes

Based on a novel by Athol Fugard, Tsotsi is the gang name of a Soweto street thug living a dehumanized life following the end of apartheid. Faced with a moral dilemma after an unplanned crime goes awry, Tsotsi gradually moves toward self-realization and redemption while reclaiming his humanity.

This film received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Shown with English subtitles and rated R for violence.

This is a special Monday night presentation as part of Shepherd University's Black History Month program and is co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs. The post- film discussion will be led by Professor Momodou Darboe of Shepherd University.


Athol Fugard is known principally as a playwright. He wrote the novel Tsotsi during the apartheid period and couldn’t get it published for many years. About the writer.

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