Yesterday (2004): Darrell Roodt’s AIDS Tale, Best Foreign Language Film Nominee from South Africa (AIDS) (Oscar)

Directed by Darrell Roodt, the South African feature Yesterday was nominated for the 2005 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The film, first commercial feature production in Zulu, tells the touching story of a young mother named Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo), who discovers that she has AIDS.

Her husband, a migrant mine laborer, rejected her despite being the man who had infected her. Unfazed, her ambition is to live long enough to see her daughter Beauty go to school.

This film is the first commercial feature-length production in Zulu.

Oscar Context:

Yesterday is a 2004 South African movie written and directed by Darrell Roodt. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 77th Academy Awards.

It won Best Sound and Best Editing at the inaugural edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Kenneth Khambula as John Khumalo, Yesterday’s husband
Leleti Khumalo as Yesterday
Harriet Lenabe as Teacher
Lihle Mvelase as Beauty
Camilla Walker as The female doctor