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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.

Director:

Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)

Writer:

Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The "Lotto" that the woman discuss at the water pump is the South African version of the Lottery. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

WENA SE GOLI
Composed by Mpahleni Latozi
Performed by Madosini
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Poignant, Moving Portrayal of the SA Tragedy
5 March 2005 | by dslonSee 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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Official Sites:

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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$246,439
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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