Just after the death of her newly born sister, Chanda (12) learns of a rumor spreading through her small village near Johannesburg that her mother has HIV and poisoned the baby with her milk. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother - and the truth. Life, Above All is an emotional and universal drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community.
The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. Directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz, it is based on the international award winning novel Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
"Through the eyes of a stoic 12-year-old, German-South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz (Mapantsula) tells a tale both specific and universal.... In adapting Allan Stratton's young adult novel Chanda's Secrets, Schmitz illustrates the consequences for an entire community when ignorance and superstition overtake comfort and support for those struggling with substance abuse and AIDS." — Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon.com Reviews
|13 and up
|Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane, Lerato Mvelase, Harriet Lenabe, Aubrey Poolo
|Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
|Dec 6, 2011