An AIDS film hasn’t won an Academy Award since Tom Hanks struck goldin Philadelphia 12 years ago. Last year, however, an unlikely contenderemerged: South African director Darrell Roodt’s viral tragedy Yesterdaywas nominated for best foreign language film.  He lost—but courted further distinction when HBO, which broughtus the HIV Emmy winner Angels in America, aired Yesterday this fall. Set in an impoverished village near Johannesburg, the film followsa young woman named Yesterday as she trudges to a faraway doctor whotells her she has HIV. Enter Yesterday’s miner husband, who finds outthat he, too, has the virus, and comes home to die. But Yesterdaypromises her daughter that Mom will live long enough to see her firstday of school.  “I wanted to make a film about hope in an otherwise hopelesssituation,” Roodt says. The country, which has the greatest number ofHIV positive people in the world, finally agreed to roll outantiretroviral meds after filming ended. “But the sad truth is thatit’s still extremely difficult for poor rural people to receive anyhelp.” Here’s to tomorrow.