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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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Yesterday Khumalo
Lihle Mvelase ...
Beauty
Kenneth Khambula ...
John Khumalo
Harriet Lenabe ...
Teacher
Camilla Walker ...
Doctor
Nandi Nyembe ...
Sangoma in village
Jacob Makgoba ...
Man at clinic
Tinah Mnumzana ...
Matron
Matthew Monika ...
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Mnomi Moabi ...
Short teacher
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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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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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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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A rare 10 goes to this film.
28 November 2005 | by (Boston,MA,USA) – See all my reviews

I will be candid and divulge my biases. I am a person with AIDS and cancer. I am 55 years old. I have seen most of the AIDS movies, made for better or worse over the years. I have no particular associations with Africa. A rare 10 vote goes to this film because it is, in its absolute simplicity, a perfect primer on the effects of AIDS on plain and simple lives. There are no greeting card sunsets. There are no weepy hand-holding scenes between the rich parent/spouse/sibling and "the victim" on the lawn of a palatial estate in America. There is exhausting repetition of the details of hard lives. There is the mean ignorance of people who see themselves as unaffected and superior. There is the sudden dependence of the counter dependent and unfaithful husband. There is the forgiveness by the infected wife, who already has too much to bear as an impoverished woman and mother. There is her faith, her dedication, her love to the end in a relationship that has brought her own early death. And there is the stark and indifferent beauty of Africa itself, photographed by a lover's eye. There are no surprises here for anyone, unless he has lived with his head up his Developed-World assets. There is just a map to better understanding of a largely shared human condition.


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