Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The South African film, `Tsotsi,' directed by Gavin Hood, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006, will be screened at Savitha Theatre, Kochi, on Sunday morning.

The screening is being organised by the Cochin Film Society. The film, considered as an outstanding feature in South Africa, was also a box office hit in the native country. `Tsotsi,' which means gangster or thug, portrays six days in the life of a gangster in Johannesburg. Though Hood wrote the script based on a novel by renowned South African writer Athol Fugard in the 1950s, he has set the film version in the post-colonial modern day of South Africa. Tsotsi grew up on the streets of Johannesburg, after being orphaned at the age of nine. However, an incident during his life changes the course of the young thug's life. Presley Chweneyagae, who had earlier acted only in community theatre and school plays, dons the role of Tsotsi. `Tsotsi' became the first film in more than seven years to win both the Standard Life Audience Award for the most popular film and the Michael Powell Award for the Best film at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2005. The screening will begin at 10 a.m.

A documentary on master artist K.G. Subramanyan, directed by filmmaker Shaji N. Karun, will be screened. Titled, `Moving Focus - A Voyage with Artist, Philosopher of Art, Designer and Author K.G. Subramanyan,' the documentary traces the artist's journey through Kerala, which he left decades ago. The film draws its title from one of the books published by Subramanyan, `Moving Focus: Essays on Indian Art.' The documentary will be screened at 9 a.m. at Savitha Theatre.

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