The award-winning film, YESTERDAY starring Leleti Khumalo will be broadcast on eMovies (Channel 106 on OpenView HD and 138 on DStv) on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at 21h35 with repeats on Monday, 3 December at 01h20 and at 08h45. Produced by Anant Singh and directed by Darrell James Roodt, YESTERDAY stars award-winning actress, Leleti Khumalo who is currently the lead in e.tv’s daily drama, IMBEWU: THE SEED.
YESTERDAY 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 daughter start school.
Producer, Anant Singh said, ““YESTERDAY continues to move people and continues to create greater awareness of the many challenges of HIV/Aids. Whilst the battle continues, we are making vast strides in eradicating the disease and the stigma associated with it, so that affected people can lead normal lives. YESTERDAY has played an important role in this regard, not only on our continent but globally.”
Lead actress, Leleti Khumalo commented, “YESTERDAY is a film about hope, especially to the women in rural areas, who encounter life’s challenges with their children. These women find support in each other, but we also need to do our bit and support them, either as a sympathetic ear or shoulder to lean on, and give them motivation, like the film does. It is an honour for me to represent women in YESTERDAY.”
Commenting on the film, Dr. Bruce Walker, Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard who recently hosted a screening of the film for a group of MIT students visiting South Africa said, “YESTERDAY vividly portrays the human dimensions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, tracking the compound challenges of stigma, poverty and disempowerment through the story of one of the 25 million Africans who are currently infected. This powerful film is as important today as it was when first released.”
YESTERDAY, is acknowledged as a ground-breaking film, as it was shot entirely in isiZulu and is the first South African film to receive an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language category, and the only film to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.