n Communicatio : South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research - , AIDS and structural violence in South Africa

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0250-0167



This article is based on a reading of the South African film <I>Yesterday</I>, which deals with the topic of AIDS. In the discourse analysis of the film text, the role of signs - verbal, visual and aural - in constructing meaning is examined, as well as the effect of different filming techniques. The film is then related to the broader South African socio-political context. The writer considers how representative &lt;I&gt;Yesterday&lt;/I&gt; is of the AIDS situation in South Africa, a question which necessitates going beyond the film text and considering actual events in South Africa, past and present, as well as referring to other relevant examples of AIDS-related discourse.

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