South Africa gets the OSCAR nod for their first Academy Award® nominated film TSOTSI. Nominated in the category of Best Foreign Film, TSOTSI is adapted from a story by Athol Fugard, South Africa’s award winning and leading playwright and 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 man who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking.
TSOTSI is a gritty and moving portrait of an angry youth 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 is up against, Italy’s "Don’t Tell," France’s "Joyeux Noel," Palenstine’s "Paradise Now," and Germany’s "Sophie Scholl-The Final Days."