Athlone Film Club presents Life, Above All, a Capra style South African drama

On Tuesday November 15, Athlone Film Club presents the moving South African drama, Life, Above All in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone.

Directed by Oliver Schmitz, Life, Above All tells the tale of a courageous young girl fighting prejudice in her South African village.

The new comer actress in the central role gives a riveting performance of maturity and depth as 12-year-old Chandra, burdened with a drunken, good for nothing stepfather and a loving but gravely ill mother. Following the death of her newborn sister, Chandra is forced to grow up fast, as gossip and rumours threaten the survival of the family.

Life Above All is more of a cheering fable than a slice of documentary realism, but this powerful, uplifting film does outline the difficulties and hopes facing a generation of South Africans in a human and inspirational way.

It’s another film not to be missed in Athlone Film Club’s exciting autumn/winter season and as usual you can meet for a pre-film complimentary glass of wine in the theatre bar from 7.30pm. Temporary membership for the night is only €8.

Athlone Film Club are also holding a table quiz on Thursday November 17 in the Bounty, Dubarry Park, Athlone. Entry is €40 per table of four. Great prizes guaranteed on the night, as well as a great night’s entertainment.

For more information on the remaining films this season, check out the club’s website at or email [email protected].


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