Life, Above All
Germany, South Africa, 2010, 105 minutes, SD
Life, Above All Synopsis

Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire 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.


'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 ("Mapantsula", "Paris, je t´aime"), it is based on the international award winning and best-selling novel “Chanda’s Secrets” by Allan Stratton.


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Reviewed by Lorlor87
A very hard-hitting but colourful film full of positivity, despite the subject matter. The young leads are magnetic and the cinematography is gorgeous. If you don't cry while watching this... more
A very hard-hitting but colourful film full of positivity, despite the subject matter. The young leads are magnetic and the cinematography is gorgeous. If you don't cry while watching this you have no soul!
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  • Lessons. Lessons. It envelops the movie with lessons.

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  • You must see this wonderful movie, it shows the good and bad of humanity.

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