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Tsotsi (Drury @ the Moxie)

  • Starring: Israel Makoe, Mothusi Magano, Presley Chweneyagae
  • Director: Gavin Hood
  • Genre(s): Drama, Crime
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 94 min.

Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

Drury University professor Dr. Erin Kenny lead a post show discussion after the film. This screening is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.

Summary: Set amidst the bustling townships of Johannesburg and infused with the pumping high-energy Kwaito music of the top South African artist Zola, Tsotsi is an extraordinary portrait of the choices we make in life and the personal triumph that comes from choosing love over rage. (Miramax Films)

"It grabs you from a symbolic opening scene of gang members rolling the dice -- the odds, it soon becomes clear, are stacked against them getting lucky -- and never lets go."
- Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"An explosive wide-screen vision of the street life of Soweto, bursting with music, danger and vitality, and the extraordinary story of a ruthless young criminal known only as Tsotsi."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"It is a first peek at a South Africa that doesn't need a Hollywood studio or Hollywood stars to present itself to the world, or to come to grips with itself at home."
- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"We're not used to bad guys with redeeming qualities. And that makes Tsotsi as disquieting as it is intriguing."
- Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This remarkable movie means to shake you, and boy does it ever."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This Oscar-nominated film convincingly celebrates the embers of decency that can be found in fires that are all but banked."
- Jami Bernard, New York Daily News