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WEEK 3TSOTSI MOVIE NOTESFilm Introduction From 2005 (South Africa)Very topical in terms of reflecting what’s going on in modern South Africa94 minutesIn several languagesoZuluoAfrikaansoEnglishoSomething else I can’t spellTakes place in a suburb of Johannesburg, South AfricaoThe Suburb is called Soweto which is just Southwest of JohannesburgAbout life for the lowest, poorest classes here in the modern worldSouth Africa is the southernmost state in Africa (which is a continent)oIt is about two times the size of TexasoThe 25thlargest country in the world oPeople think Africa is tropical and full of jungles but South Africa is in the mid latitudes (22 to 35 degrees latitude)oThis means it has a temperate climate oSouth Africa has a mixed bag of things Steppe DesertMountainsScrub landGrasslandMediterranean style climate (rimming much of the coast land)oHe thinks of South Africa in terms of climate, much like Spain oBut this movie takes place mostly in the cityAfrica has about 53 million people in it right nowoRAINBOW nation79% Black African9% coloredFairly offensive in American but government defined term in South AfricaIt means some sort of mixed race9% white2.5% India or AsianoHow so mixed?South Africa started out in the modern area as a colony of the Dutch
1652 Jan Van Riebeeck led the founding of a “refreshment” station (trading post) at the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India Company Originally, the company was not interested in establishinga permanent settlementHowever, in order to ensure viability of the refreshment station, some employees of the Company’s Cape Colony were freed from their contracts and allowed to farm and the frontier spirit took holdThe pushed inward and eventually found gold and diamonds so everybody wanted more landIt was so popular as a trading center and mineral extraction became such an economic lucrative activity that the British got involvedIn 1795, Brits took over Cape Colony as a mostly strategicmove:oTo deny it to other European powers (specifically the French under Napoleon who dominated the Dutch oThe Dutch and the British fought several nasty warsto take over this place (which became independent in the 1900’s)Anglo-Zulu War (1879)First Boer War (1880-1881)Second Boer War (1899-1902)Third Boer Revolt (1914)South Africa has the 28thlargest economy on the planet oIt has a GDP of 350 or 400 billion oIt is a Brics country now  meaning that it’s had really good growth in the last 10 yearsThey’ve kind of stagnated and dropped off in the last 4 or 5 years oIt has a well and fully developed economyThis means that it’s not just resourced based and their not just making money off of oil or diamonds They have a lot of industry, technology, and service sector workoNigeria now has the largest economy in Africa (this just happened this year)

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