English classes to watch Tsotsi Friday night.
The ninth grade class has been reading the captivating book, Tsotsi to explore what life was like for a young man in South Africa during apartheid. They will spend Friday night November 12, from 6:15pm to 8:30pm watching the movie adaptation-set in modern day South Africa with AIDS as the social/ political/ cultural issue .
If you have not heard of the book, ask your child to bring it home. It is worth your reading time and a strong way to connect. For many, this is the first book that has grabbed them beyond what they thought possible.
From The New Yorker
In Gavin Hood’s South African drama (an Oscar nominee for best foreign film), the nonactor Presley Chweneyagae plays Tsotsi, a hooded, toughened gang leader in a Johannesburg shantytown who kills for money and beats his friend for challenging his dignity. When Tsotsi shoots a woman for her car and finds that he has unwittingly absconded with her baby, he is struck with a dilemma: what to do with the baby? This would be interesting if Tsotsi’s choice were not immediately clear. In a film depicting a seemingly lawless society, where women are decent and men are helpless or derelict without them, Tsotsi’s painful attempts to care for an infant seem not revelatory but calculated. Curiously styled, with rap-video camera moves giving way to sensitive closeups, this reductive story of redemption milks the sentimentality, rather than the profundity, born of an extreme change of heart. In Zulu, Xhosa, and Afrikaans.
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