Life, Above All
Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 7:00pm
Cineplex Odeon at Park & Tilford Mall
333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver
In Life, Above All, Oliver Schmitz tells the story of twelve-year-old Chanda, who endures her family’s burdens with unrelenting courage and unending loyalty. Their hardships are emblematic of those long-faced by South Africa: HIV/AIDS, abject poverty and a state of denial.
Just after the death of her newly-born sister, Chanda learns of a rumor that spreads through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth.
In a role reversal that happens much too soon, Chanda becomes the caretaker and protector of the woman who taught her unconditional love. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart.
Country: South Africa/Germany | Language: Sotho, French with English subtitles | Run Time: 105 minutes |