30.09. - 09.10.2021

Life, Above All Germany, South Africa 2010 | 102 min | OV | Colour | FF 2010

Oliver Schmitz

OLIVER SCHMITZ (*1960) was born in Cape Town and became known for directing numerous episodes of the award-winning TV series Türkisch für Anfänger and Doctor’s Diary.

rated for 0 + years
Life, Above All is a South African film tackling the taboo of AIDS in the poor rural areas of the country. It centres around Chanda, a 12-year-old girl who has to hold her family together amidst the fear of her neighbours after her baby sister dies and her mother falls ill. The young lead, Khomotso Manyaka is excellent and the photography is impressive.

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Original title: Life, Above All
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Sepedi
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Oliver Schmitz
Screenplay: Dennis Foon, Oliver Schmitz
Cast: Khomotso Manyaka, Lerato Mvelase, Harriet Manamela, Keaobaka Makanyane
Producer: Oliver Stoltz
Director of Photography: Bernhard Jasper
Music: Ali N. Askin
Production Design: Christiane Rothe
Editor: Dirk Grau
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: 35 mm
German Distributor: Senator Film Verleih GmbH
World Sales: Bavaria Film International | Phone: +49 89 64 99 26 86 | Email: |
Production: Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduktion GmbH


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