15 July 2011

Life, Above All ~ Chanda's Secrets in South Africa

I'm looking forward to seeing new drama film Life, Above All...
"...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."
NYTimes reviewer Manohla Dargis writes that Life is...
"... a grave and quietly moving story about a South African girl of extraordinary character, does something that few painful dramas accomplish: It tells a tale of resilience without platitudes about the triumph of the human spirit or without false promises about an unclouded future. The battle fought by its 12-year-old heroine, who struggles to save her family and best friend from prejudiced neighbors who often look like a mob, may be over when the movie comes to its stirring close, but there’s no end to the fight."

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