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by Oliver Schmitz


In the dusty small town of Elandsdoorn, a South African township not far from Johannesburg, life is simple and serene. 12-year-old Chanda is a hardworking promising young student with a bright future, but her life changes dramatically when her baby sister unexpectedly dies. Heartbroken, Chanda's mother, Lillian, in turn becomes severely ill. Her stepfather drowns himself in alcohol, leaving the young girl to take care of her two smaller siblings. Meanwhile, the formerly friendly neighbors become increasingly distant and gossip spreads.

international title: Life, Above All
original title: Geliebtes Leben
country: Germany, South Africa
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Oliver Schmitz
release date: FR 01/12/2010, DE 05/05/2011
screenplay: Dennis Foon
cast: Khomotso Manyaka, Lerato Mvelase, Harriet Manamela, Keaobaka Makanyane, Tinah Mnumzana
cinematography by: Bernhard Jasper
film editing: Dirk Grau
art director: Christiane Rothe
music: Ali N. Askin
producer: Oliver Stoltz, Greig Buckle, Thomas Reisser, Dan Schlanger
production: Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduction, Senator Film Produktion, Niama Film GmbH, Enigma Pictures (ZA)
backing: German Federal Film Board (FFA), BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), DTI South Africa
distributor: ARP Sélection, Senator Filmverleih, Clorofilm Srl

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