What makes you bleed? What, in a world that can be so hard, is the thing that keeps you soft? And able to feel both love and pain. That is the central question of the South African movie Tsotsi, Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film.
Do we ever understand our motivations for doing things? If we cant fully even understand ourselves, how can we judge the actions of another?
This film is violent. I usually hate movies that gratuitously violent. But in this story, you are introduced to the harsh realities of life in the shantytowns of South Africa.
The choices we make often make our lives exceedingly more difficult. And although there do need to be consequences, especially for hurting someone else, do we really know how who we would be if not for the families and communities, the opportunities that we so often take for granted? If you didnt have that, what would it take to peel back the layers of self-protection to reveal a that spark of love for other that truly makes us human?
“Fifty? for broken glass?” “You see broken glass.” “What do you see?” “Colour. Light. On you” ~ Terry in Tsotsi
Compassion. Love for the hurting. Even if that means loving people who lash out in their hurt. What is it that makes you bleed? What is it that reminds you of your weaknesses and your humanity. And also the weaknesses and humanity in others.