30TH PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL

APRIL 19-MAY 1, 2022

2006

Tsotsi (Oscar Winner)

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

South Africa

Directed by Gavin Hood

2006 Best Feature Film

In Johannesburg, a small-time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen Tsotsi, from South Africa, won the 2006 Oscar for Best film in the Foreign Language category. This was the first time and the only time so far that a film from the African continent has won an Oscar. PAFF was given significant credit by Ambassador Jeanette Ndhlovu* at the time she was the South African Counsel General in Los Angeles and Tsotsi’s South African director Gavin Hood for its role in showcasing and spotlighting the film Tsotsi in the Oscar campaign. *No Time to Moan, Jeanette Ndhlovu, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
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