Kenyon College

Urban Cadence Film Series: Tsotsi (2005)

October 23, 2017 7:00pm – 10:00pm

In the Johannesburg township of Soweto, young killer Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyage) leads a gang of teenage criminals in a string of violent hits, culminating in a car-jacking in an upscale neighborhood that changes his life.  After shooting the driver and stealing her Mercedes, Tsotsi is shocked to find a baby boy in the back seat.  Returning to his shack with the baby, Tsotsi chooses not to abandon him, and as he cares for the child, he gradually confronts his own pain caused by having lost both parents to AIDS at the age of nine.  Written and directed by Gavin Wood, Tsotsi is based on a novel by South African writer Athol Fugard.  It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006.

Tsotsi (2005)

Monday, October 23, 7:00 PM

Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

Stephen Volz, Associate Professor of History, will lead a discussion after the screening.

About the Series:

The Gund Gallery’s fall film series complements the concurrent exhibition Urban Cadence, bringing together three different portrayals of the problems and promises of rapid urbanization in contemporary Africa.  Guest curator Stephen Volz, Associate Professor of History, shares his expertise in African film and his knowledge of the impact of recent social changes in African cities in making selections that reveal human resilience and creativity amidst the structural disorder of everyday life in Johannesburg, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria and Dakar, Senegal.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.


Image courtesy of Miramx Films.