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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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Love has the power to change our tomorrows See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

During the audition process on the film, the director was asked to try one take in Zulu and one in English, in the hopes that two versions of the film could be created. See more »

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

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YAKA YAKA
Composed by Mpahleni Latozi
Performed by Madosini
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Gorgeous
19 February 2005 | by oscarfbiSee all my reviews

An achingly beautiful film that is truly sublime in its simplicity. Leleti Khumalo, who plays "Yesterday", is utter enveloping to watch as she juggles her relationship with her daughter Beauty, her chores that are a matter of survival in the Zulu village, and her secret of a virus that will "stop her from living." Her strength and warmth in her vision of people even clouds her judgement when it comes to her relationship with her husband who works far away in Johannesburg. When the doctor at the clinic asks her how she got named "Yesterday," she answers: "It was my father. He always thought yesterday was better than today or tomorrow. But that was a long time ago."


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