Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director

yesterday

South Africa, 2004 (MIFF 2005, International Panorama)

Director: Darrell James Roodt

yesterday
Zululand, South Africa. Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo), a woman in her early 30s, and her seven-year-old daughter Beauty are on the way to the nearest clinic. Yesterday has a lingering cough and wants to get it checked. After untold difficulties gaining access to a doctor, she learns the terrible news that she's contracted HIV/AIDS. Has she had sex with anyone other than her husband' Does she use condoms' Yesterday stares despairingly at the doctor, wondering how this could have happened. Life in a remote village could never have prepared her for this. A heartfelt and sensitive story, [Yesterday] portrays the devastating social consequences of AIDS through the prism of one brave woman's life. It was nominated, this year, for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. "A very simple, yet powerful story. In our fight against HIV/AIDS, we need these kinds of stories which tell us not only about challenges, about difficulties and the tragedies but also, at the same time, those that tell us about hope, and [Yesterday] is about hope." - Nelson Mandela
D/S Darrell Roodt P Anant Singh, Helena Spring WS HBO Films, London L Zulu w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2004/96mins Darell Roodt was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1963. His films include [A Place of Weeping] (1986), [Sarafina!] (1992), [Cry, The Beloved Country] (1995).

See also...

Saraband

Sweden, 2003
Love, in Ingmar Bergman's films, carries something of the raw chill of a Swedish wind. [Saraband], his latest and perhaps last film, is no different, delivering intimacy and human connection with a s… More »

A DIRTY SHAME

USA, 2004
Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) is your average prudish suburban mother, until one day she suffers a wallop on the head. With this, she transmutes into a raunchy erotomaniac. It was tow-truck driver … More »

Behind Saraband

Sweden, 2003
"Four actors, 10 dialogues. It looks easy on paper but let me tell you I will be extremely rigorous." Thus begins Torbjorn Ehrnvall's window onto the back lot of Saraband, which Bergman claims will b… More »

Junebug

USA, 2004
Junebug is an emotionally rich tale of a dysfunctional family in America's South, whose resentments and repressions come out with the entrance of an outsider. The wonderfully understated and comedic … More »

The Child

Belgium, 2004
The Child is the compelling new film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Son, MIFF 02), which won the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes, 2005. At the centre of this emotionally powerful drama is a young … More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.