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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.

Starring Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Khambula.

Date: September 3, 2004
Genre: Drama
Director: Darrell Roodt

Powerless to change the past…
She lived to change the future.

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.


Winner 2004 Venice Film Festival:

Human Rights Film Award

Winner 2004 Cape Town World Cinema Festival:

Signis Jury Award

Nominee 2005 Oscar Academy® Award: 

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, South Africa

Nominee 2005 Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Foreign Film, South Africa

Winner 2005 Pune International Film Festival:

Best Film

Nominee 2006 Primetime Emmy® Awards:

Outstanding Made for Television Movie

Winner 2006 Peabody Award