LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Life, Above All, Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.
In a dusty town in South Africa, near Johannesburg, life is simple, yet it can be complicated by family ties. A prevailing sense of pride tightly binds the community together so long as one stays 'in line'. Twelve-year-old Chanda is a promising young student, who is left to care for two younger siblings when an infant sister dies and her mother becomes gravely ill. Her step-father drowns himself in alcohol. The town turns against Chandra with rumors that her family carries a deadly disease. When her mother disappears, she demands answers but gets stubborn silence.
Chandra sets out to fight the fear and shame that have poisoned her community and to find her mother. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and courage against severe odds. The film is based on the award-winning novel, Chandra's Secret, by Allan Stratton.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. Feel free to bring a cushion for comfort in viewing the movie.