Cape Town World Cinema Festival

A Disparate World


The Lion of Soweto / Tau ya Soweto

Sotho/Zulu/English/Afrikaans 100mins South Africa 2005 35mm
Directed by Kevin du Toit
In this powerful, local film, one boy struggles to change his fate in modern Soweto.

With his mother death, his father's disappearance and his brother's imprisonment, Tau Matle is all alone in the world. Although Tau grew up on the streets of Soweto and has seen it all, he has had enough.

When his friends try to tempt him with the easy life of crime, Tau is determined to make money legally and create the stable home life he never had. One day, his prospects change when he meets a boxing trainer (Matlala) and Thembi, a beautiful young girl. Using the skills he learnt growing up on the streets, Tau begins to train as a boxer and earns their respect. But to make his future secure, he knows he has to win one more illegal fight.

BabyJakes Matlala

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