Yesterday, the ground-breaking feature film, produced by Anant Singh and written and directed by Darrell James Roodt, has been selected for the prestigious Venice International Film Festival which takes place from September 1 to 11 at the Lido in Venice, Italy. Yesterday will be screening in competition in the Venzia Mezzantte Section of the Festival. The Venice International Film Festival is one of the leading European film festivals and has been in existence for 61 years. This year, the Festival will feature more than 60 films, divided into 5 main sections.
Yesterday, the first-ever isiZulu feature film (with English subtitles), stars Leleti Khumalo (Sarafina!), Kenneth Kambule (Backstage, Generations, I Dreamed Of Africa), Harriet Lehabe, Camilla Walker and child star Lihle Mvelase. It 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 and she is left to fend for herself and her young daughter, Beauty, hoping that she will survive long enough to see Beauty go to school.
“We are thrilled with the selection of Yesterday for the Official Competition of the 61st Venice International Film Festival,” commented producer, Anant Singh. “The selection of Yesterday marks the first time that an isiZulu feature film will screen at the Venice Film Festival. Even though the film is in isiZulu with English subtitles, we are confident that audiences would respond positively to Yesterday as it is a universal story that takes one on a journey through one woman�s life and highlights her courage and determination to overcome insurmountable odds,” continued Singh.
Yesterday has also been chosen for the Official Selection of Toronto International Film Festival which runs from September 9 to 18. Yesterday was screened two weeks ago at the International AIDS Conference in Bangkok where it was lauded by delegates to the Conference.
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.
Yesterday will be released in South Africa on 3 September 2004 through United International Pictures.