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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Powerless to change the past . . . She lived to change the future. See more »



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Rated R for pervasive strong violence | See all certifications »

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3 September 2004 (South Africa)  »

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Eine Frau namens Yesterday  »

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The only film in history to be nominated both for an Academy Award and for an Emmy Award. See more »


Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »


Composed by Smiles Makhama
Performed by Azumah
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Poignant, Moving Portrayal of the SA Tragedy
5 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on a plane from Johannesburg to New York. I found it riveting and intensely sad. The acting was superb and I felt the film really captured the tragedy that is the SA AIDS epidemic today. The music added to the poignancy of the story. I thought the film really brought home the SA situation in a way that no newspaper or TV documentary every could or ever has. I sobbed through this movie at times as the portrayal was so real, and the director managed to capture village life so excellently. Kudos to the writer, producer and the actors for creating a superb film - a real feather in the cap of the SA film world. This is a world class film that everyone should see!

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