Yesterday, the first commercial isiZulu film which received South Africa’s first-ever Oscar Nomination earlier this year, will be screened to the public at no cost at selected cinemas across the country on 1 December, World AIDS Day. The film will be screened free-of-charge for all shows on 1 December at the following cinemas: Gauteng (Clearwater, The Glen, Bedfordview, Metro Benoni, MonteCasino and Menlyn Park); KwaZulu Natal (The Pavilion); Eastern Cape (Cinema Starz Boardwalk Loch Logan and Walmer) and Western Cape (Cinema Starz Grandwest and Canal Walk).
Yesterday will also be screened free to the public at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton at 8.00pm on 1 December in a collaborative initiative with the Topsy Foundation, an NGO that partners with rural communities in the fight against HIV / AIDS and poverty. The film will also be screened on the Mindset Educational Channel on DSTV on the same day.
Yesterday was released on DVD in South Africa on 21 October by Videovision Entertainment through Next Video and has achieved unprecedented sales and many corporates have purchased multiple copies for their staff for World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day also sees the premiere broadcast of Yesterday in North America by HBO Films who are also the international distributors of the film.
Yesterday is an appropriate film for World AIDS Day as it follows the plight of a rural woman who falls ill and discovers that she is HIV positive. Her husband, a migrant mineworker, refuses to accept her condition and she is left to fend for herself and her young daughter, hoping that she will survive long enough to see her child go to school. Yesterday‘s dilemma is not unusual in South Africa and these free screenings are intended to bring to the fore the struggle of HIV positive people, especially rural women.
“Yesterday makes a very strong statement against HIV/AIDS and the free screenings are designed to raise awareness of the HIV / AIDS and also provide inspiration to those infected and affected as the film illustrates that courage and determination can overcome insurmountable odds,” continued 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 was shot on location in KwaZulu Natal. Music was composed by Madala Kunene and it is executive produced by Sudhir Pragjee and Sanjeev Singh, produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring and written and directed by Darrell James Roodt.