A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Yesterday is a young woman nearly alone in her husband’s Zulu village. Having no friends or relatives, she spends most of her time alone with her young daughter Beauty, while her husband is away with most of the men, working in the mines near Johannesburg. Filmed in the Bergville region of Kwa-Natal, Yesterday is a starkly beautiful film that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The landscape is broad and nearly barren, and it is difficult to imagine the troubles of the industrial world in such an isolated spot, but the miners bring back diseases unknown to their wives. Yesterday is a sad and very moving film about AIDS in Africa.