Yesterday

2006-03-30 12:52
 

Synopsis:

Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo) lives in Rooihoek, a remote village in South Africa's Zululand. Her everyday life is not easy-there's little money, no modern conveniences, and her husband is away in Johannesburg working as a miner-but she possesses a sunny nature, and takes great joy in her seven-year-old daughter, Beauty (Lihle Mvelase).

The precarious balance of Yesterday's life is suddenly threatened when she is diagnosed with AIDS and must journey afar to understand and confront her illness. Yesterday's primary driving force is Beauty, who is a year away from starting school. Yesterday never had the chance to go to school and she sets her sights on a single goal: to be with Beauty on her first day of class, along with all the other proud mothers...

What the critics are saying:

"Yesterday is a triumph for local film-making, and should be seen by all South Africans."
- Helen Walne,


A seemingly simple tale of an ordinary South African woman's battle against AIDS is magnified by loving craftsmanship into a story of immense power. A plot that could easily have descended into melodrama instead becomes a universally accessible celebration of the human spirit.

JT Gasche 2005/01/27 8:36 AM
It's a joke The film Yesterday was released in September 2004, I think. I have desperately tried to either see the movie or obtain it on dvd. The 4 movie theaters here in East London had no idea if and when they would screen this film. I agree that all South Africans should see this movie, but not all live in Johannesburg or major urban areas. The distribution company is to blame for this. We get to watch all sorts of nonsense as soon as it gets released from across the big pond, but burning issues and local films take for ever to reach everyone. Fahrenheit 9/11
Kholofelo Mokgola 2005/01/27 11:21 AM
PA to Financial Director Powerful and Realistic concerning South African Issues. Yesterday
Joanne 2005/01/27 11:46 AM
Yesterday Wake up SA and smell the roses. This is a movie about those who can't afford the price of a movie ticket which will be seen be those who will be shocked and horrified at the injustice of it all, leave the theatre, hop in their BMW's, drive to their warm, safe homes and then do nothing. We need to rally together to support those infected and affected but where are we? At the movies.
Flea 2005/01/27 12:36 PM
You have a point Joanne But aren't you being just a little simplistic? There are plenty of comfortable middle class people in the TAC and other such organisations. Are you suggesting that we DON'T make movies about AIDS? Should Darrel Roodt give up a promising (and socially conscious) career in what he's good at and go and help the poor? Should all of us do the same? Don't attack the middle classes for their comfort, it's pointless. They didn't create the problem (and, no, most of them aren't really helping to solve it either) Movies like this one are a great chance to glavanise such people into action. How can that be a bad thing? Bad Education
Sethopo Mamotheti 2005/01/27 12:55 PM
South African Infiriority mentality It is amazing we tend to acknowledge our local product only when it is appreciated overseas, more espcially if the product is done in black language. Take for example ladysmith Black Mambazo,no one appreciated their music until when they became a hit in Britain and USA.
Thando 2005/02/06 12:08 PM
Good good
stuart scott 2005/02/23 12:03 AM
yesterday A very powerful movie, truthfully told with no soapbox morality or politics. A must see for all South Africans to understand the terrible impact AIDS is having on gentle people in our rural areas Most definetly - an Oscar winner!
Minnie Newman 2005/03/01 12:33 PM
YESTERDAY Although I enjoyed the movie especially for the strength she had I thought it lacked drama and emotion, also a bit slow, to be honest I expected much more Shall We Dance
Matome Seima 2007/03/30 2:57 PM
Yesterday It is a South African product which portrays the lves of the African women in the deep rural areas of South Africa.I personally think that it is important to be proud of the South African artists at home and stop behaving as if our products are not.For instance after Tsotsi won the Oscar nominations everyone wanted to be associtiated with it.I'm not saying that it is wrong for people to associate themseleves with good things,but that must not be done outh of opportunism.Well, keep it up Leleti Khumalo and crew in Yesterday.
MAKGATLA 2008/03/17 5:30 PM
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN Yesterday is a very powerful movie with clear storylines. it is good in a sense that it potrays the stigma attached to our rural communities in dealing with issues such as hiv and aids. the movie is a must see all! as it is very original without explicity and it shows the reality part of the killer disease aids and communities can be very disciminative when lacking education about the disease
MAKGATLA 2008/03/17 5:30 PM
yesterday Yesterday is a very powerful movie with clear storylines. it is good in a sense that it potrays the stigma attached to our rural communities in dealing with issues such as hiv and aids. the movie is a must see all! as it is very original without explicity and it shows the reality part of the killer disease aids and communities can be very disciminative when lacking education about the disease
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