Set in the Zulu culture of Sub-Saharan South Africa, this film takes an unprecedented look at a mother-daughter relationship, the political and medical problems of the region, and the heartwarming compassion of a lone friend in a den of wolves. The film follows a mother named Yesterday, named so because her father liked living in the past. She gets sick and continually tries to make it to the overrun clinic to get checked out, every week, but without fail she always misses out thanks to a two hour trek down the dusty roads while towing her small daughter. Yesterday is a thoughtful, beautiful woman who seems to have compassion for everyone she meets and is always smiling though her situation seems dire. She makes a friend in the village who becomes the local teacher, and eventually they become friends. Yesterday's personality is what is queer and yet enticing about her. She is always so nice to every person she meets, and yet at the first sniff of disease or disorder they all become superstitious and shun her. The first part of the film deals with her troublesome life, the sadness she exhibits thanks to her small child, and telling her husband, who works in the mines of Johannesburg, of their fate. She cares for her husband, and though sickly and unable to take the cocktail of drugs that would surely save her here in the first world, she deteriorates and yet perseveres for her daughter's sake. It really is a labor of love that is shown onscreen, a story about a woman who has absolutely nothing and yet everything to lose. It does dip into melodrama, especially in the second half of the film, and certainly near the ending where she is making her amends, saying her goodbyes and making sure her daughter starts going to school. The relationship between her and her husband is especially interesting, bonding them in illness but separated by distance, time, and abuse. It's a very impactful and thoughtful film that also deals with the crisis in Africa and shows the true living conditions of an entire country. This film received accolades from foreign awards, and though it does range in its sentimentality, it does focus itself on what is important and imperatively true.