Written By: MIM!—We are thrilled to see compelling high caliber movies about the African continent, such as Desert Flower and Viva Riva!, to name a few, being distributed internationally in independent theaters. This month, award winning South African film Life Above All is in theaters Stateside. Below is a synopsis ...
Just after the death of her newly-born sister, Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth. Life Above All is an emotional and universal drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. Directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz (Mapantsula; Paris, Je T'aime), it is based on the international award winning novel Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton.
We saw the trailer and were instantly hooked; will you be watching?
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