'Life, Above All' is S. Africa's Oscar bid

Oliver Schmitz adaptation of Allan Stratton novel

LONDON -- The South African Academy Award selection committee and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) have picked "Life, Above All" as the country's official candidate for Best Foreign Language Film.

Directed by Oliver Schmitz, the film stars Lerato Mvelase, Harriet Manamela and Khomotso Manyaka and is based on the novel "Chanda's Secret" by Allan Stratton.

It details the story of a young girl who fights the fear and shame that has poisoned her community predominantly in Northern Sotho. It bowed during this year's Festival de Cannes.
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