Life, Above All (2011)

Life, Above All
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 46mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Foreign
Keywords family, novel, teen
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Helge Sasse Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Greig Buckle Co-Producer n/a 170 3000003
Thomas Reisser Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
Dan Schlanger Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Oliver Stoltz Producer n/a 3 3000001
Oliver Schmitz Director n/a 2 2000001
Foxy Riet Actor Nurse Nkosi 1 1000024
Solly Moeng Actor Police Officer 1 1000025
Mongezi Motaung Actor Jacob 1 1000026
Oupa Mashiloane Actor Fireman 1 1000027
Dennis Foon Screenplay (adaptation) 120778 4000001
Oliver Schmitz Screenplay (adaptation) 120778 4000002
Christiane Rothe Art Director n/a 183 9000001
Tracy Perkins Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Moonyeenn Lee Casting Director n/a 157 10000001
Nadia Kruger Hair & Makeup n/a 121041 13000001
Ian Osrin Composer n/a 120836 8000002
Ali N Askin Composer n/a 120836 8000001
Allan Stratton Source Material (from novel: "Chanda's Secrets") 120786 4000004
Bernhard Jasper Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Dirk Grau Editor n/a 172 7000001
Sarah Aphane Actor Receptionist 1 1000023
Bhekifa Isaac Nyathi Actor Ruth's Boyfriend 1 1000022
Tinah Mnumzana Actor Aunt Lizbet 1 1000007
Mapaseka Mathebe Actor Iris 1 1000008
Kgomotso Ditshwene Actor Dudu 1 1000009
Rami Chuene Actor Aunty Ruth 1 1000010
Thato Kgaladi Actor Soly 1 1000006
Aubrey Poolo Actor Jonah 1 1000005
Keaobaka Makanyane Actor Esther 1 1000002
Harriet Manamela Actor Mrs. Tafa 1 1000003
Lerato Mvelase Actor Lillian 1 1000004
Jerry Marobyane Actor Mr. Pheto 1 1000011
Tshepo Emmanuel Nonyane Actor Mr. Lesole 1 1000012
Mary Twala Actor Mrs. Gulubane 1 1000018
Themba Ndaba Actor Mr. Selalame 1 1000019
Samuel Masilela Actor Young Man 1 1000020
Charlotte Mphake Actor Hooker 1 1000021
Ernest Mokoena Actor Sipho Mandla 1 1000017
Nelson Motloung Actor Mr. Chauke 1 1000016
Johanna Refilwe Sihlangu Actor Mrs. Lesole 1 1000013
Vusi Muzi Given Nyathi Actor Mr. Nylo 1 1000014
Patrick Shai Actor Dr. Chilume 1 1000015
Khomotso Manyaka Actor Chanda 1 1000001
In the small town of Elandsdoorn, a South African township not far from Johannesburg, life is simple and serene. A prevailing sense of deep pride tightly bonds together the entire community - but beware to those who step out of line. 12-year-old Chanda is a hardworking promising young student with a bright future, but her life changes dramatically when her baby sister unexpectedly dies. Heartbroken, Chanda's mother, Lillian, in turn becomes severely ill. Her stepfather drowns himself in alcohol and extramarital affairs. He brings a deadly disease home to her mother: HIV. Meanwhile, the formerly friendly neighbors become increasingly distant and gossip spreads. Suspecting that the community's irrational ostracism has to do with her mother's illness and the death of her baby sister, Chanda demands answers but is met with stubborn silence. Unwilling to bear the weight of secrecy any longer, Chanda sets out to face a deeply ingrained, unspoken taboo.