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Analysis Of The Movie Tsotsi

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Tsotsi, a movie that won best foreign film Oscar in 2006. A movie that shows hope and portrays a story where a bad, rebellious teenage boy undergoes a change to a good, responsible, peaceful, obedient citizen. The movie is based in South Africa. What goes through your mind when you see the word south Africa? Is it the apartheid; the racial segregation where the contact between white and colored were limited or Nelson Mandela; who was part of the process of removing this partitioning in south Africa or maybe the 2010 FIFA world cup, or the unique mix of culture, wildlife and the appealing, beautiful landscapes.

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However Boston; one of the group members tells Tsotsi how he felt about the incident of the stabbing of the man in the train and asked him whether he had any decency or if he even knew the meaning of that word this question resulted in a series of personal questions from Boston directed at Tsotsi; what his real name was, if he knew his parents and more which then lead Tsotsi to retaliate in an extremely violent way causing Tsotsi to injure Boston spitefully. When he registered what he had done, he ran away from the scene and we witness flashbacks of Tsotsis’ devastating childhood. The flashbacks stopped when he stopped running and found himself in the rich part of Johannesburg, where unexpectedly a car pulls up to its security gates, however the owner who was a woman had to get out of the car as the remote control for the opening of the gates refused to work. Tsotsi took the opportunity, shot the woman and carjacked the vehicle after a few miles away from the incident he hears a baby crying in the back. Although tsotsi didn't care who he killed and could have easily killed the baby he could not find it in him to kill the baby and chose to look after the baby, as he did not want the baby to be abandoned by him the way he was abandoned by his parents. Tsotsi began taking full responsibility in looking after this young infant; he also began to slow down in his acts of brutality. Although he had no clue in looking after a child he tried to look after it in his own way, he used newspapers as diapers and condensed milk as food for the baby and carried it around in a shopping bag this shows the audience that he has creativity of the mind. His fellow gang members became dubious of gang leader Tsotsi, and in desperation Tsotsi forced a nursing mother to feed his baby. This nursing mother brought out the good side of Tsotsi as he saw in her his own mother; the caring way she held the baby and talked to the young infant. During the near end of the movie we begin to see Tsotsi change his ideas on how to treat fellow people as he begins to encounter experiences and conversations...

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