Chapter 1: Tsotsi – The Little Gangster (8:30)

  1. What is Tsotsi’s “gang” doing in the opening scene of the film? How is this symbolic?
      They are gambling with dice. This is symbolic as it shows how the gang gamble with their lives.
  2. Describe the atmosphere created by the music and visuals as they walk through the township.
      The scene shows the cultural differences between slums and other places. The people lining up to get water suggest that resources such as these are hard to come by. Kwaito, African hip-hop music. The atmosphere shows a feeling of poverty and a context of the environment that Tsotsi has grown up in.
  3. What choices do they make at the train station and who is in control?
      Once they arrive at the station they go upstairs and decide who will be their victim.
      Tsotsi is in control at the train station as he is at all times.
  4. Assess the consequences of these choices.
      The death of an innocent man. The group recognising how ruthless butcher is. The choices that Tsotsi made weren’t supposed to have these outcomes. He didn’t choose for the man to die. This man’s death were the decisions of butcher who shows no remorse for this. “when we dropped that big man, it was like that inside me”. Boston says this as he cuts himself.
  5. Overall how would you describe the opening chapter of this film? Why do you believe it starts this way?
      The absence of dialogue represents the groups respect and fear for Tsotsi’s choices. The music is symbolic of the culture. The movie tries to create an image of poverty but also Tsotsi leadership and the gangs dependence on the choices of Tsotsi.

      Chapter 2: The Carjack (14:30)

  6. Why does Tsotsi run away from the bar?
      Because he feels guilty and angry about the fact that he has harmed one of his companions. And another reason may be that he was confronted by questions of his path.
  7. Identify TWO techniques used as...