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HBO Films' Oscar-Nominated 'Yesterday' to Premiere
(released 11/2/2005)

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars(R) this year, the HBO Films presentation of Yesterday will have its Miami premiere for students of Miami Dade College and the University of Miami at 3:00 p.m. and for invited guests at 7:30 p.m., at Miami Beach's Byron Carlyle Theater, on Tuesday, November 15. The premiere of Yesterday, about AIDS in Africa, will be hosted by HBO and the Miami International Film Festival. Yesterday will debut on HBO on Monday, November 28 at 9:00 p.m.

Sanctioned by Nelson Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Yesterday is the first major film for international release to be shot completely in the Zulu language. It was shot on location in the Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng in South Africa in October 2004. This dramatic film was written and directed by Darrell James Roodt, and produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring, the creative team responsible for Cry, the Beloved Country and Sarafina.

Set in contemporary South Africa 10 years after the arrival of democracy, Yesterday is a story of courage, compassion and hope that puts a human face on the politics and statistics of the AIDS crisis, following the struggles of a young mother named Yesterday who has been diagnosed with AIDS. Leleti Khumalo (Sarafina) stars in the title role of the film.

Yesterday lives in Rooihoek, a remote village in South Africa's Zululand. Her everyday life is not easy: There's little money, no modern conveniences, and her husband is away in Johannesburg, working as a miner. But she possesses a sunny nature, and takes great joy in her 7-year-old daughter Beauty (Lihle Mvelase).

The precarious balance of Yesterday's life is suddenly threatened when she is diagnosed with AIDS and must journey afar to understand and confront her illness. Yesterday's primary driving force is Beauty, who is a year away from starting school. Yesterday never had the chance to go to school and she sets her sights on a single goal: to be with Beauty on her first day of class, along with all the other proud mothers.

The student screening at 3:00 p.m. on November 15th will be immediately followed by a conversation with prominent HIV/AIDS educators, who will discuss the disease's impact on the local community. Participants will include Dr. Marilyn Volker, university professor of human sexuality; Juan Carlos Riascos, Colombian education program coordinator at the University of Miami School of Medicine, long-term HIV survivor, and author of "En el laberinto de la esperanza: Memorias de una familia seropositiva" (In the Labyrinth of Hope: Memoirs of an HIV-Positive Family); Tania Lopez and Ronald Barnett, Care Resource HIV/AIDS educators, dealing with Hispanic communities and adolescents, respectively; and Dr. Irene Lipof, a social science professor at Miami Dade College, who will serve as moderator. This frank and straightforward discussion at the student screening, will draw parallels between AIDS in Africa and South Florida and how cultural barriers and practices, ignorance about contracting HIV, lack of protection and having multiple sexual partners are contributing to the skyrocketing figures of new HIV infections.

Prior to the 7:30 p.m. screening, Dr. Volker will also speak briefly about sexuality and HIV/AIDS.

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