Life, Above All


1h 46m 2011

Brief Synopsis

In the small town of Elandsdoorn, a South African township not far from Johannesburg, life is simple and serene. A prevailing sense of deep pride tightly bonds together the entire community - but beware to those who step out of line. 12-year-old Chanda is a hardworking promising young student with a

Film Details

Also Known As
Chanda's Secret, Life, Above All
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2011
Distribution Company
MONGREL MEDIA/M+TROPOLE FILMS DISTRIBUTION/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
Location
Elandsdoorn, South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

In the small town of Elandsdoorn, a South African township not far from Johannesburg, life is simple and serene. A prevailing sense of deep pride tightly bonds together the entire community - but beware to those who step out of line. 12-year-old Chanda is a hardworking promising young student with a bright future, but her life changes dramatically when her baby sister unexpectedly dies. Heartbroken, Chanda's mother, Lillian, in turn becomes severely ill. Her stepfather drowns himself in alcohol and extramarital affairs. He brings a deadly disease home to her mother: HIV. Meanwhile, the formerly friendly neighbors become increasingly distant and gossip spreads. Suspecting that the community's irrational ostracism has to do with her mother's illness and the death of her baby sister, Chanda demands answers but is met with stubborn silence. Unwilling to bear the weight of secrecy any longer, Chanda sets out to face a deeply ingrained, unspoken taboo.

Film Details

Also Known As
Chanda's Secret, Life, Above All
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2011
Distribution Company
MONGREL MEDIA/M+TROPOLE FILMS DISTRIBUTION/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
Location
Elandsdoorn, South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States Summer July 15, 2011

Released in United States 2011

Based on the novel "Chanda's Secrets" by Allan Stratton, published by Annick Press March 6, 2004.

Limited Release in United States Summer July 15, 2011 (New York City)

Released in United States 2011 (Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film )

Released in United States 2011 (World Cinema)