Durban-based film producer, Anant Singh announced today that his film, Yesterday, the first-ever isiZulu feature film, will have a gala screening at the 15th World AIDS Conference in Bangkok on Wednesday, 14 July 2004. Yesterday which has English subtitles, is written and directed by Darrell James Roodt (Cry, The Beloved Country, Sarafina!), and stars Leleti Khumalo (Sarafina!), Kenneth Kambule (Backstage, Generations, I Dreamed Of Africa), Harriet Lehabe, Camilla Walker and child star Lihle Mvelase.
The gala screening at the AIDS Conference will have producer Singh, director Darrell James Rood and its lead star, Leleti Khumalo in attendance. Although former president, Nelson Mandela has retired from public life, he will participate in the conference by propagating his worldwide AIDS campaign by his active participation in “46664 – The Message” during the Conference.
Yesterday is a moving story of a young mother named Yesterday who falls ill and discovers that she is HIV positive. Her husband, a migrant mineworker, refuses to accept this. Yesterday is left to fend for herself and her young daughter, Beauty, hoping that she will survive long enough to see her child go to school.
Apart from being the first-ever isiZulu feature film, Yesterday is also the first feature film to have the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation which will use the film as a resource in its Social Development Programme, especially Programme area. Especially its HIV/AIDS and Education focus areas which will be able to allow communities and cultures to interact with the film and engage with the complex set of circumstances it presents.
“We are thrilled to be presenting Yesterday at the World AIDS Conference,” said Anant Singh. “The story of Yesterday is a universal one that takes one on a journey through one woman’s life and highlights her courage and determination to overcome insurmountable odds. The fact that the character, Yesterday is inflicted AIDS makes the film ideal appropriate to the Conference. The film will also highlight the cause of many rural African women who have become victims of AIDS,” added Singh.
Yesterday is a Videovision Entertainment production in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, M-Net, The National Film And Video Foundation, Distant Horizon and Exciting Films. Yesterday is executive produced by Sudhir Pragjee and Sanjeev Singh, produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring and written and directed by Darrell James Roodt.