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Tsotsi - Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, Gavin Hood

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Hope set him free.

Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto - where survival is the primary objective - Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader (Presley Chweneyagae) who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking.

Tsotsi is a gritty and moving portrait of an angry young man living in a state of extreme urban deprivation. His world pumps with the raw energy of "Kwaito music" - the modern beat of the ghetto that reflects his troubled state of mind.

The film is a psychological thriller in which the protagonist is compelled to confront his own brutal nature and face the consequences of his actions. It puts a human face on both the victims and the perpetrators of violent crime and is ultimately a story of hope and a triumph of love over rage.

"Tsotsi" literally means "thug" or "gangster" in the street language of South Africa's townships and ghettos. "Kwaito" is South Africa's equivalent of Hip Hop.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film South Africa township crime teen kidnap shooting ghetto abuse cycle car-jack gun shoot gang violence

Persons of interest

  • Presley Chweneyagae .... Tsotsi
  • Mothusi Magano .... Boston
  • Israel Makoe .... Tsotsi's father
  • Percy Matsemela .... Sergeant Zuma
  • Jerry Mofokeng .... Morris
  • Benny Moshe .... Young Tsotsi
  • Nambitha Mpumlwana .... Pumla Dube
  • Zenzo Ngqobe .... Butcher
  • Kenneth Nkosi .... Aap
  • Thembi Nyandeni .... Soekie
  • Terry Pheto .... Miriam
  • Ian Roberts .... Captain Smit
  • Rapulana Seiphemo .... John Dube
  • Owen Sejake .... Gumboot Dlamini
  • Zola .... Fela
  • Athol Fugard .... Author
  • Gavin Hood .... Screenwriter
  • Gavin Hood .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Tsotsi is a good film about poverty-stricken teenagers becoming minor crime lords but it's not as good as City of God (Ciudad de Deus).

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Making-of
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Moderate violence, moderate coarse language, moderate themes)

Surveillance time

94 minutes (1:34 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 13 April 2006
DVD retail: 24 January 2007

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