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Saw this on Showtime. Way better than I expected. Was skeptical because
it follows a group of southern baptist college students going to Africa
to save the world. But since it was on Showtime I figured there must
have been some reason they chose the film. Glad I stuck with it. The
filmmakers did a great job being true to the journey the students went
on. The film really picks up about halfway through, moving on from
information and into a surprisingly powerful story.
The last fifteen minutes of this film kind of blew me away. So powerful. Without giving anything away, it contains a section of scenes that rival any scripted film that deals with HIV/AIDS. Worth watching just for what they caught on tape.
This film is good and informative, but not to the level of votes it has
received. The protagonists accomplished some good by focusing their
AIDS/HIV education efforts on a high school in Swaziland. But they
should be slapped for advancing an abstinence program when there's so
much data indicating they don't work. Surprise, it turns out they are
some stripe of missionary Christians (ballot stuffing by whom likely
accounts for the very high scores this film has received on IMDb). In
fact, many of the health officials interviewed describe numerous social
and economic reasons why preaching abstinence would be useless here,
but the producers/missionaries never seem to clue into that.
Dear Francis also subjects us to some fervent prayers that mostly reveal their misunderstanding of the situation. Aside from these serious and annoying drawbacks, the film is pretty good. Hairy scary factoid: of 35 people tested daily at the local health clinic, about 30 are HIV positive.
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