Life, Above All


"Life, Above All" is a 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 novel "Chanda's Secrets" by Allan Stratton.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Life, Above All’ Blu-ray Featurette

We have an exclusive featurette for Life, Above All, which will be released in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack December 6. Click on the video player below to go behind-the-scenes with director Oliver Schmitz on this South African drama.

Just after the death of her newly-born sister, 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. Directed by Oliver Schmitz (Paris, je t'aime) and based on the award-winning novel "Chanda's Secrets" by Allan Stratton.

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