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.
Winner – Prix Francois Chalais – Festival de Cannes
Shortlisted – 83rd Academy Awards – Foreign Language Section
Winner – Special Jury Award – Dubai International Film Festival
Official Selection – Un Certain Regard – Festival de Cannes