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Yesterday (2004)

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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Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)

Writer:

Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)
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Cast

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

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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miner | doctor | hiv | journey | clinic | See All (72) »

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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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Country:

South Africa

Language:

Zulu

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Frau namens Yesterday See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Dolby Digital

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

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

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WENA SE GOLI
Composed by Mpahleni Latozi
Performed by Madosini
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A quality film
21 February 2005 | by 14047071See all my reviews

As a South African, this is the first time I've seen any media portray the HIV/Aids crises in our country in a way that makes it real, without political agenda or moralizing the issue. For that I commend the film. What also impressed me was the film's simplicity and the fact that it was unpredictable in its character portrayal.Cinematographically, it is definitely one of the best movies ever to have come from our shores. Then there is the brilliant acting by Khumalo. The film is not without fault, but it shows that our film industry is capable of producing quality films. Just a pity that most South African audiences do not give the local industry the support it needs.


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