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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.

Director:

Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)

Writer:

Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Love has the power to change our tomorrows See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$246,439
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

During the audition process on the film, the director was asked to try one take in Zulu and one in English, in the hopes that two versions of the film could be created. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

YAKA YAKA
Composed by Mpahleni Latozi
Performed by Madosini
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I understand all of your feelings on the movie,but...
2 February 2006 | by sktrgirl9See all my reviews

Hey

I have read all the comments that were left about "Yesterday",and even though a lot of the thoughts were negative,let me just clear something up. I am a South African,born and raised,and currently living in the U.S.A.I have met a lot of Americans who are so naive about the conditions in South-Africa and Africa in general. It has been such an honor and shock for something from south Africa to be nominated for an Oscar and almost brought a lot of Africans together.Sure we did not win,but the point was clearly to point out what is really going on.and even though it is sad to admit but it is the truth.I read a comment where someone said that the characters were too "sainty" etc,but the truth is,that is rural life.They are naive and choose not to believe the doom of Aids. All we can hope for is that things get better and people get more educated as to the truth(although it might be difficult considering the fact that half the population does not finish high school and cannot read or write,how would they understand that a little virus in your bloodstream kills you???)


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