What is nobody talking about

What nobody talks about ...

As often as it is declared that even the last taboos have been broken, they are not. "You don't talk about that" '' If the neighbors knew ", it works according to these guidelines
Withholding truths. People who do not adhere to it or - worse - who do not want to adhere to it, are marginalized.

This is the experience of twelve-year-old Chanda in Oliver Schmitz's film "Beloved Life". When her one-year-old sister dies, everyone wants to adhere to the fact that the flu was the cause.
So nobody can point a finger at the family, the neighbor Mrs. Tafa impresses on the little girl. The village near Johannesburg where they live is small. Everyone knows everyone, and
the judgment of the neighbors counts a lot. The excessive grief is blamed when Chanda's mother Lilian also falls ill some time after the baby's death.

But the confident girl is no longer ready to play the game. Chanda knows what her friend Esther's parents died of, what so many people in the township are dying from: AIDS.
She doesn't understand why no one talks about why people are marginalized. She pleads with her mother to see a doctor, but she refuses, is afraid of gossip and believes
not of help. Chanda bravely takes care of her two younger half-siblings, whose father has disappeared since the baby was buried. Neither in his local pub nor at his
Beloved is to find the drinker.

Faith healers, false doctors

The pushy Mrs. Tafa next door helps to look after the little ones. The lies she spreads about Lilian's condition don't help Chanda, however. As little as that
fake doctor and the faith healer who the neighbor finds for the sick woman. She can only trust her friend Esther. She has been an outsider in the village since her parents died. you
sell her body, it is said, and soon she will do what everyone is already convinced of and prostitute herself. She promises her friend Chanda that she will always be there for her.

Although Chanda does not want to know that she too could be marginalized, the expression of solidarity strengthens her back. Oliver Schmitz's sensitive film accompanies this
strong-willed girls as they decide not to bear the hiding of the truth any longer. When Lilian sees only one way to protect her children and leaves them, Chanda has
finally enough of the lies, no longer wants to hear that Lilian's illness is a punishment from God. She brings her mother home and confronts the village community with hers
worst fear.

Intense proximity to reality

"She asks questions and expects answers," says actress Khomotso Manyaka about Chanda she embodies. Born in 1996, she was in front of the camera for the first time. For
the absolutely impressive debut she was awarded as "Best Actress" at the African Durban International Film Festival 2010. The German-South African one was shot
Co-production "Beloved Life", based on Allan Stratton's book "What No One Talks About", at original locations in the township of Elandsdoorm, not in the studio. In the narrow private houses follows
the team uses handheld cameras to track the actors' movements. This closeness creates intensity, as does the language, the local dialect Sepedi.

This is also the case for the South African director Schmitz, who is best known in this country for his award-winning TV series "Turkish for Beginners" and "Doctor's Diary"
Foreign language. But he relies on reality. Because "Beloved Life" is not a misery tale from the African slums, not a moral piece with a raised index finger. It's haunting
A story about taboos in society, about growing up and about courage. "Beloved Life" was awarded the "Prix Fran├žois Chalais" at the Cannes Film Festival, at the Durban
Festival as "Best African Feature Film". It can be seen in the cinema from May 5th.