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Yesterday - Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Khambula, Darrell Roodt

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Movie propaganda

Love has the power to change our tomorrows.

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 7-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...

Set against the awesome, harsh landscapes of South Africa, Yesterday is an eloquent, unsentimental film that quietly builds an overwhelming emotional force. The sure hand of writer/director Darrell James Roodt (Cry, the beloved country, Sarafina!) makes the exotic world of the story both authentic and compelling, and the film resonates from the heartbreakingly beautiful face of lead actress Leleti Khumalo (who played Sarafina at 18).

The first international film ever made in the Zulu language, Yesterday is a story of courage, compassion and hope, set in contemporary South Africa, ten years after the arrival of democracy.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Zulu South Africa HIV AIDS mother daughter drama

Persons of interest

  • Leleti Khumalo .... Yesterday
  • Lihle Mvelase .... Beauty
  • Kenneth Khambula .... Yesterday's husband
  • Harriet Lenabe .... Teacher
  • Camilla Walker .... Doctor
  • Darrell Roodt .... Screenwriter
  • Darrell Roodt .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: Zulu
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Interviews: Cast and crew
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Mature themes, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

96 minutes (1:36 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 20 October 2005
DVD rental: 31 May 2006
DVD retail: 6 September 2006

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