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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)

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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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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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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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$246,439
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The only film in history to be nominated both for an Academy Award and for an Emmy Award. 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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Yesterday is a typical African woman,
5 February 2007 | by z-kharazmiSee all my reviews

Yesteday was an impressive movie for me since I have never looked at AIDS in such a near and tangible way.The start point of the movie is a long road in African beautiful deserts where is restricted with barbed wire from the rest of the world. When you see the sky and the earth touch each other as they are ready to press a young slim black woman and her little daughter. Yesterday has a nice innocent face which crystalizes her heartily pain and eagerness to keep on for Beauty very well. The little girl,named Beauty,is the representative of a new African generation,not satisfied with her primitive life, asks about being a bird to fly or having a motorcycle to be speedy and comfortable.That is admirable while Yesterday illiterate is so ambitious for Beauty to start school.It gives you the sense of progress of the continent which always was narrated inferior and savage. Another justification the movie gives for African roughness is the low-level facilities exist.Yesterday and her husband are victims of AIDS because poverty makes them so far from each other that her husband betrays the family for whom day and night he overworks. Yesterday's illness is also distinguished very late and she should make a quarantine for her husband when there is no bed for him in the hospital.However, it sounds people got used to it and even such a terrible disease is faced with deep understanding but coldness. The movie is very female-oriented in a society which looks a masculine one.The most successful and efficient characters are women like Yesterday,the teacher and the doctor. Yesterday is the representative of the traditional society,too. She is given AIDS by her husband, but she bears his kicks and harshness. The movie music which is African well transfers the nature of Africa to the audience. The movie clearly is ordered to inform about AIDS but in an efficient story and setting.


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