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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: South African Drama Among Rare AIDS-Themed Films Shortlisted for an Academy Award

'Yesterday' movie: Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 10 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the planet's 30-35 million AIDS cases. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that more than 20 million Sub-Saharan Africans have died from complications of the disease.* Even today, drug cocktails that are relatively accessible in other parts of the globe are still beyond the means of the vast majority of Africans. Writer-director Darrell Roodt's South African drama Yesterday is set in this catastrophic scenario. The film depicts the effects of AIDS in the life of a young Zulu woman who contracts HIV from her husband. Although Roodt's narrative maintains its focus on the plight of one particular individual, the (for non-Zulus) quirkily named Yesterday represents millions of other women,
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A Guide To Movie Musicals Streaming on Netflix

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With Into the Woods in theaters Dec. 25, we know you’re getting into the movie musical mood. Thankfully, there’s plenty of song-and-dance goodness on Netflix to curb your Broadway appetite before then. From Grease to Rent, and even from-the-vault classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, your favorite streaming website has enough flicks to keep you singing for days. Even weeks. Below, we explore 10 movie musical adaptations currently at your disposal. Fill your queue with these gems; we guarantee an almost instantaneous boost in mood (well, for the most part).

Rent (2005)

[Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures]

The music-heavy film (almost every word is sung) explores the lives and struggles — including, duh, paying the rent— of a group of artists living in New York City’s East Village during the AIDS epidemic. Six original Broadway cast members, including Idina Menzel, reprise their roles for the movie.

Evita (1996)

[Photo Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]

The 1996 musical stars Madonna (in perhaps her only critically acclaimed performance) as Eva Perón,
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Most Notable Apartheid Movies: From Brando to Whoopi. Which Ones Have You Seen?

Marlon Brando in ‘A Dry White Season,’ James Earl Jones in ‘Cry the Beloved Country’: Apartheid movies (photo: Marlon Brando in ‘A Dry White Season’) (See previous post: “Nelson Mandela: Sidney Poitier and ‘Malcolm X’ Cameo Apperance.”) Besides the Nelson Mandela movies discussed in the previous two posts, South Africa’s apartheid has been portrayed in a number of films in the last few decades. Among the most notable ones are the following: Zoltan Korda’s Cry the Beloved Country (1951). Based on Alan Paton’s novel, this British-made film features Canada Lee and Charles Carson as two men struggling to deal with the disastrous consequences of apartheid. Ralph Nelson’s The Wilby Conspiracy (1975). Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine star as, respectively, an anti-apartheid South African activist and a British engineer on the run from South Africa’s secret police, headed by racist Nicol Williamson. Chris MengesA World Apart
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Saif Ali Khan to host Saifta

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Saif Ali Khan to host Saifta
Aiming to have a cultural exchange between the entertainment industries of India and South Africa, an event was recently organized on July 15. Also, yet another announcement is that Saif Ali Khan will now host the South Africa India Film and Television Awards in Durban which is to be held on September 6. The panel for the awards will include some Bollywood biggies like Waheeda Rahman, Mukesh Bhatt, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farah Khan along with some South African celebrities like actor and writer Welcome Msomi, theatre and TV personality Saira Essa, veteran Peter Rorvik, Linda Bukhosini, Caroline Smart and actress Leleti Khumalo.
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Saif Ali Khan to Host India-South Africa Awards

Saif Ali Khan to Host India-South Africa Awards
Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan will host the upcoming South African Indian Film and Television Awards (Saifta) ceremony in Durban, South Africa, organizers announced on July 16. Word came during an event promoting the awards in Mumbai, where organizers also announced the jury for the Sept. 6 kudos.

Held to laud performers from Indian and South African film and TV, the honorees will be selected by a panel including Indian bizzers Shabana Azmi, Waheeda Rehman, Mukesh Bhatt, Boman Irani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farah Khan. South Africans on the jury panel include Welcome Msomi, Caroline Smart, Saira Essa, Peter Rorvik and Leleti Khumalo.

During the event, helmer-producer Sanjay Gupta will unspool his films “Shootout at Lokhandwala” and “Shootout at Wadala.”

Orchestrated by Kedhar Gawde of events company Celebrity Locker, the event hopes to appeal to the substantial portion of South Africans who are of Indian origin. Besides the kudosfest the event intends
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Saif Ali Khan to Host India-South Africa Awards

Saif Ali Khan to Host India-South Africa Awards
Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan will host the upcoming South African Indian Film and Television Awards (Saifta) ceremony in Durban, South Africa, organizers announced on July 16. Word came during an event promoting the awards in Mumbai, where organizers also announced the jury for the Sept. 6 kudos.

Held to laud performers from Indian and South African film and TV, the honorees will be selected by a panel including Indian bizzers Shabana Azmi, Waheeda Rehman, Mukesh Bhatt, Boman Irani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farah Khan. South Africans on the jury panel include Welcome Msomi, Caroline Smart, Saira Essa, Peter Rorvik and Leleti Khumalo.

During the event, helmer-producer Sanjay Gupta will unspool his films “Shootout at Lokhandwala” and “Shootout at Wadala.”

Orchestrated by Kedhar Gawde of events company Celebrity Locker, the event hopes to appeal to the substantial portion of South Africans who are of Indian origin. Besides the kudosfest the event intends
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 ‘Invictus’ Chicago Passes With Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman

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Chicago – In our latest biography/sports edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Invictus” from director Clint Eastwood with Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman!

Invictus” also stars Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Marguerite Wheatley, Leleti Khumalo, Patrick Lyster, Penny Downie, Bonnie Henna, Shakes Myeko, Louis Minnaar and Danny Keogh. The film opens on Dec. 11, 2009.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Invictus” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our trivia question below. That’s it! This screening will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

Invictus” from director Clint Eastwood stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

Image credit: Warner Bros.

Here is the “Invictus” plot description:

From director Clint Eastwood,
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New “Invictus” Photos

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Our Movie Photo Gallery has been updated with new photos from “Invictus,” starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. You can check out bigger versions of each by clicking them below.

Director Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon on the set of Invictus

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

Invictus” hits theaters on December 11 in limited release.

Leleti Khumalo as Mary, Adjoa Andoh as Brenda Mazibuko, Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Danny Keogh as the Rugby President in Invictus

Matt Damon
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Yesterday

Yesterday
Screened at the Toronto International Film Festival

The devastation of AIDS on South Africa could not be captured more intimately and with more effect than Darrell James Roodt's new drama Yesterday.

The socially conscious director of such South African movies as Cry, The Beloved country and Dangerous Ground has now turned his attention to the HIV crisis in his motherland, and has conceived a moving, inspirational tale designed to spread the word.

Without a doubt, it's a message movie presented amidst majestic breath-taking landscape. But because he keeps the narrative low-key @ as well as investing the emotions in a very likeable lead character @ Yesterday maintains a political punch and reins in the tear-jerking schmaltz. It doesn't hurt that this is a wondrous picture visually making great use of the incredible expansive landscape to distil the personal intimate struggle of people facing obstacles beyond their control.

The film begins as a mother and her young daughter are walking across the harsh, dusty terrains of Zululand to try and see the doctor in a neighboring remote town. The trek takes hours and when they arrive, they are too late, the line is too long and the mother is told to come back when the doctor returns next week.

So, mother and daughter head home to their meager but placid village full of contented people and friendly neighbors. The selfless and dedicated woman assumes her bad cough will sooner or later go away. It doesn't. When she finally gets to see a physician she learns the dreaded virus has infected her body. Her husband, the obvious transmitter has been away from home fro months and is working in an underground mine in Johannesburg.

With little money, a shortage of health facilities and even less hope for optimism, the woman named Yesterday, because her father thought "things were better then," wills herself to stay strong so her last wish @ to survive long enough to see her daughter go to her first day of school @ is fulfilled. Meanwhile, the film tone grows darker as the ignorance and prejudices of villagers turn. Sociable neighbors now give them a cold shoulder.

The character of Yesterday is perhaps a little too saintly @ she is portrayed to be so pure of heart, she feels no malice even to the husband who gave her the disease and physically assaulted her when she informed him of the truth @ on the other hand this is the kind of proud black strong woman character that Oprah would approve and endorse if given a chance. "I am not brave, it is just the way things are," Yesterday explains in the film.

Starring in the lead is Leleti Khumalo, whose handsome face conveys a depth of dignity and soul, making her more than a do-good two-dimensional victim. She previously starred in the musical "Sarafina!". Acting with restraint, she makes the most touching scenes even more hearttugging.

In short, this is a simple elegant film. Yesterday is also the fist film to be presented completely in the Zulu language. Tragic and uplifting, Roodt leaves little doubt of where his allegiance lies. But for a cause this good, it's easy to forgive the film's dramatic faults.

YESTERDAY

HBO Films presents

In association with Distant Horizon and The Nelson Mandela Foundation

Credits:

Writer/Director: Darrell James Roodt

Producers: Anant Singh, Helena Spring

Director of photography: Michael Brierley

Production designer: Tiaan van Tonder

Costume designer: Darion Hing

Make-up and hair: Raine Edwards

Sound Designer: Jeremy Saacks

Cast:

Yesterday: Leleti Khumalo

Beauty: Lihle Mvelase

John Khumalo: Kenneth Kambule

Teacher: Harriet Lehabe

Clinic Doctor: Camilla Walker

Village Healer: Nandi Nyembe

In Zulu with English subtitles

No MPAA rating

Running time --- 93 minutes

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