Yesterday (I) (2004)

R  |   |  Drama  |  3 September 2004 (South Africa)
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After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.



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Cast overview:
Yesterday Khumalo
Lihle Mvelase ...
Kenneth Khambula ...
John Khumalo
Harriet Lenabe ...
Camilla Walker ...
Nandi Nyembe ...
Sangoma in village
Jacob Makgoba ...
Man at clinic
Tinah Mnumzana ...
Matthew Monika ...
Security guard
Mnomi Moabi ...
Short teacher


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 <>

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Rated R for pervasive strong violence | See all certifications »

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3 September 2004 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Eine Frau namens Yesterday  »

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The film's title came from a Zulu naming custom. See more »


Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »


Composed by Mpahleni Latozi
Performed by Madosini
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An excellent film about living with HIV/AIDS in SA
21 February 2005 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

Well, really just about living in Rural South Africa. Living in south Africa the HIV/AIDS pandemic (and governments response to it), can make one feel very depressed about the where South Africa is going. But this movie is quite uplifting. Yesterday faces a number of hardships already (she lives in relative poverty, separated from husband for most of year, no education), but she when she comes across another, HIV/AIDS, she faces it head on. She is determined to that her daughter will get an education. Because she has this to fight for, she stays positive. When the doctor comments on how well she is doing, she comments it is her mind that is strong, not her body. Mental strength is something needed all round SA in fighting the Pandemic. From patients, but also their communities, so that HIV positive people will find support rather than stigmatization.

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