Life, Above All will be shown for free as part of the Movies That Matter series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesday, July 17, at 4:30 pm.
This South African film is an emotional and universal drama about a young girl who is fighting the fear and shame that is poisoning her community. It captures the enduring strength of loyalty and courage powered by the heart. Directed by Oliver Schmitz, it is based on the international award-winning novel “Chanda’s Secrets” by Allan Stratton.
Just after the death of her newly-born sister, 12-year-old Chanda 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.
It was screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, making the final shortlist in January 2011.
Life, Above All is part of the monthly Movies That Matter series examining a wide range of issues. The UU Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42, Ephraim. For further information, visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.