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Life, Above All

A child tries to hold her family together against prejudice, disease, and ignorance in this drama from South Africa. Chanda (Khomotso Manyaka) is only 12 years old, but she's already been forced to take on many of the responsibilities of an adult in her household. Chanda's father is gone, her stepfather, Jonah (Aubrey Poolo), is an irresponsible alcoholic, and her mother, Lillian (Lerato Mvelase), has been physically and emotionally devastated by AIDS and the death of her youngest child. Despite Chanda's dire circumstances, most of her neighbors offer little sympathy, believing her mother's illness is the result of divine judgment against her, and her reputation isn't helped by the fact that one of her few loyal friends is Esther (Keaobaka Makanyane), a sharp-tongued prostitute. Mrs. Tafa (Harriet Manamela), an elderly member of the village, believes she can help Chandra by moving her mother out of the community, but the girl knows she needs her mother no matter how ill she may be, and sets out to find her and bring her back home. Adapted from a novel by Allan Stratton, Life, Above All was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2011
UPC: 0043396387768
Original Release: 2010
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 61,821

Special Features

The making of Live, Above All

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Khomotso Manyaka Chanda
Keaobaka Makanyane Esther
Harriet Manamela Mrs. Tafa
Lerato Mvelase Lillian
Tinah Mnumzana Aunt Lizbet
Aubrey Poolo Jonah
Mapaseka Mathebe Iris
Thato Kgaladi Soly
Kgomoto Ditshwene Dudu
Rami Cuene Aunty Ruth
Jerry Marobyane Mr. Pheto
Thsepo Emmanuel Nonyane Mr. Lesole
Johanna Refilwe Sihlangu Mrs. Lesole
Vsui Muzi Given Nyathi Mr. Nylo
Patrick Shai Dr. Chilume
Nelson Motloung Mr. Chauke
Ernest Mokoena Sipho Mandla
Mary Twala Mrs. Gulubane
Themba Ndaba Mr. Selalame
Samuel Masilela Young Man
Charlotte Mphake Hooker
Bhekifa Isaac Nyathi Ruth's Boyfriend
Sarah Aphane Receptionist
Foxy Riet Nurse Nkosi
Solly Moeng Police Officer
Mongezi Motaung Jacob
Oupa Mashiloane Fireman
Xolile Gama Mr. Kamwendo
Martha Maphaka Granny Thela
Alain Morel Hector
Alphinah Matsepe Patient
Nomusa Tshanagana Mrs. Pheto
Gontse Masilela Becca
Malanane Mohlamonyane Dudu's Male Friend
Lungelo Mahlangu Paulo
Regina Makitla Truck Stop Hooker #2
Wendy Makua Passing Nosy Woman #1
Zanele Xekwa Passing Nosy Woman #2
Carolie Nkosi Nurse
Selinah Madihlaba Choir Member #1
Priscar Mashego Choir Member #2

Technical Credits
Oliver Schmitz Director,Screenwriter
Ali N. Askin Score Composer
Dennis Foon Screenwriter
Dirk Grau Editor
Ivan Milborrow Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Osrin Score Composer
Tracey Perkins Art Director
Daniela Ramin Associate Producer
Thomas Reisser Co-producer
Christiane Roth Art Director
Helga Sasse Executive Producer
Dan Schlanger Co-producer
Oliver Stoltz Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Life, Above All
1. Chapter 1 [5:48]
2. Chapter 2 [4:37]
3. Chapter 3 [6:49]
4. Chapter 4 [4:30]
5. Chapter 5 [5:36]
6. Chapter 6 [8:19]
7. Chapter 7 [6:59]
8. Chapter 8 [6:23]
9. Chapter 9 [8:32]
10. Chapter 10 [4:30]
11. Chapter 11 [4:32]
12. Chapter 12 [7:47]
13. Chapter 13 [7:01]
14. Chapter 14 [7:56]
15. Chapter 15 [6:10]
16. Chapter 16 [10:07]

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