LIFE, ABOVE ALL

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CWC D: Oliver Sch­mitz w/ Kh­motso Manyaka, Ler­ato Mve­lase. South Africa/Ger­many. 106 min. Sep 12, 3 pm Var­sity 8; Sep 14, 6:15 pm AMC 5 Rat­ing: NNNNN This re­al­is­tic look at a young girl’s strug­gle against HIV dis­crim­i­na­tion is driven by 13-year-old Manyaka’s re­mark­able act­ing de­but. Her courage in the face of her mother’s ill­ness and her de­ter­mi­na­tion to over­come ob­sta­cles and the prej­u­dices of her neigh­bours pro­pel the nar­ra­tive. That we be­lieve in her com­pletely is a trib­ute to her tal­ent and the direc­tor’s skill.

Sch­mitz’s em­pa­thy for his char­ac­ters and for the South African towns­folk is clear and raises the nar­ra­tive above of the realm of soap opera. Toronto writer Al­lan Strat­ton’s best­seller, Chanda’s Se­crets, makes it to the big screen with its soul in­tact.

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