"Yesterday" (dir. Darrell Roodt, 2004, South Africa), Introduction and Q&A with Dr. Amy Patterson

Tuesday, Apr, 12 2016 — 7:30 PM

Yesterday DVD cover

The Mellon Globalization Forum invites all to the sixth screening in its About the Body: A World Film Series titled Yesterday (dir. Darrell Roodt, 2004, South Africa), with introduction and Q&A with Dr. Amy Patterson.

"Yesterday (leleti Khumalo) [is] a farm woman who raises her daughter, Beauty (Lihle Mvelase), in a Zulu village ]in the middle of nowhere.' Her husband sends money from his labor in the mines, but is away for months at a time. Yesterday develops a cough, and walks two hours to a rural clinic, where the doctor appears on Tuesdays and can't get to most of the patients. When she finally gets an appointment, Yesterday discovers she is HIV-positive. She has to cope with her illness, with her dying husband, with her little daughter for whom she has such dreams. The movie is about Yesterday's hope and her courage, and it is powerful and moving, conveying information about AIDS in a country where it is widely misunderstood. It was crucial to film in Zulu, Khumalo says, so the message could go where it was most needed."

Roger Ebert, (September 16, 2004)

Movie Trailer:

The World Film Series is sponsored by the Mellon Globalization Forum and the SUT in conjunction with the conference “Why All the Fuss about the Body?”: Local and Global/ized Bodies (April 11-16, 2016). Free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, April 19, The Skin I Live In (dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 2011, Spain), introduction and Q&A with Dr. Arturo Marquez-Gomez

  • Monday, April 25, Son of Saul (dir. László Nemes, 2015, Hungary), introduction and Q&A with Dr. Justyna Beinek

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