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Life, Above All Details


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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 15, 2011


Harriet Manamela
as Mrs. Tafa
Patrick Shai
as Dr. Chilume
Mary Twala
as Mrs. Gulubane
Themba Ndaba
as Mr. Selalame
Alain Morel
as Hector


Oliver Schmitz
Oliver Stoltz
Oliver Schmitz
Dennis Foon
Dirk Grau
Thomas Reisser
Helga Sasse
Executive Producer
Ivan Milborrow
Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Milborrow
Sound Mixer
Nadia Kruger
Key Hairstylist
Nadia Kruger
Key Make-up
Jörg Hohne
Re-Recording Mixer
Moonyeenn Lee
Casting Director