LIFE, ABOVE ALL

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
South Africa, Germany / 2010 / Sepedi dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 105 minutes

Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Feature /Special Jury Prize: Oliver Schmitz (Director)

Synopsis

Fear and panic is struck into the heart of Elandsdoorn, a small rural South African village, when a baby suddenly dies. Left bereaved, 12-year old Chanda tries to come to terms with the double tragedy in this elegiac and moving film by one of South Africa's greatest directors, Oliver Schmitz. Determined and intelligent Chanda is left to cope with her two younger siblings, alone. Meanwhile, the neighbouring community soon becomes withdrawn and hostile. Rumours begin circulating as to the true cause of the deaths and an atmosphere of suspicion and paranoia descends over the previously peaceful and happy village. And as Chanda becomes increasingly ostracised and isolated, her determination to discover the truth drives her to the very limits of her endurance. A sobering and powerful story, featuring a stand-out performance from young lead Khomotso Manyaka as Chanda.

Genre

Drama

Cast & Credits

Adult Themes and References 15+

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