In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
A woman's journey. In a Zulu village, Yesterday is a cheerful mother with an inquisitive five-year-old child, Beauty. Yesterday has a persistent cough, and after several attempts to see the doctor at a regional clinic, she gets a diagnosis. She goes immediately to Jo'burg, where her husband is a miner. Then she must deal with consequences. Her singular motivation is to see that Beauty enrolls in school the next fall. The film begins and ends with Yesterday walking on a road. Written by
I must admit, I am not a very emotional person when it comes to movies but this particular movie reduced me to tears very soon. I suppose that this ale is very real to me, and it is a natural occurrence where I come from but I still cannot come to terms with the AIDS disease. It is a weak virus but the effects are not; so many children are orphaned every day because of it and the full amounts are still not known. I hope that this beautiful film will raise the awareness of this disease and that everyone will sit up and take notice. This movie, I feel, has portrayed a very real side to the AIDS epidemic and I hope that it will bring both clarity and the urge to help to all who watch it. I congratulate Darrel Roodt on his directing and Leleti Khumalo for her awesome performance.
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