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Life, Above All is a 2010 South African drama film directed by Oliver Schmitz. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards[2] and made the final shortlist announced in January 2011.[3] The film was adapted from the novel Chanda's Secrets (2004) by Allan Stratton.

Life, Above All
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Film poster
Directed byOliver Schmitz
Written byDennis Foon
Allan Stratton
Based onChanda's Secrets
by Allan Stratton
StarringKhomotso Manyaka
CinematographyBernhard Jasper
Edited byDirk Grau
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • 18 May 2010 (2010-05-18)
Running time
100 minutes
CountrySouth Africa
LanguageNorthern Sotho



  • Khomotso Manyaka as Chanda Kabelo
  • Keaobaka Makanyane as Esther Macholo
  • Harriet Lenabe as Mrs. Tafa (as Harriet Manamela)
  • Lerato Mvelase as Lillian
  • Tinah Mnumzana as Aunt Lizbet
  • Aubrey Poolo as Jonah
  • Mapaseka Mathebe as Iris
  • Thato Kgaladi as Soly
  • Kgomotso Ditshweni as Dudu
  • Rami Chuene as Aunty Ruth


The film received positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 82% out of 71 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7/10.[4]

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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Life, Above All". Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  2. ^ "65 Countries Enter Race for 2010 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  3. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  4. ^ Life, Above All. Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved 13 January 2013.

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