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ABC Africa (2001)

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Documentary account of the AIDS crisis in Uganda.

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Abbas Kiarostami and his assistant, Seifollah Samadian, travel to Kampala, Uganda at the request of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development. For ten days, their camera captures and caresses the faces of a thousand children - all orphans - whose parents have died of AIDS. Recording tears and laughter, music and silence, life and death, the film attests to Africa's sunny resilience in the face of so much suffering and disease. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Kiarostami Goes Digital

Just saw this at the Doubletake Documentary Film Festival, where it world premiered as part of a tribute to Kiarostami's works. The film is a self-described "notebook" done on handheld DV, which was originally intended only as a rough record of his UN-sponsored trip to AIDS-ridden Uganda. Upon viewing the footage, Kiarostami decided it could stand on its own. I agree. Although it only gives a partial glimpse into the Ugandan people and their methods of dealing with the current crisis, limiting itself to a scene set in a UWESO-run hospital, it is a stark and yet poetic evocation of the spirit of place. You get the feeling that you are wandering through the same streets and towns, an advantage of the new digital technology and its impact on the viewer.

This film will be featured at Cannes 2001 and will eventually - one hopes - make its way to a no doubt limited release in this country. If you get the chance, by all means check this one out.


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