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Angels in the Dust (2007)

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Marion Cloete, a university-trained therapist, along with her husband and two daughters, fearlessly walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to establish ... See full summary »

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Marion Cloete, a university-trained therapist, along with her husband and two daughters, fearlessly walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to establish Boikarabelo (formerly Botshabelo), an extraordinary village and school that provide shelter, food, and education to more than 550 South African children. Written by Anonymous

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A Moving and Touching Documentary
3 April 2008 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

I am surprised that more people have not commented on this movie. I guess it might have had a limited release in the United States, but I really do think that it is as important a documentary as Born into Brothels. I am also a bit baffled as to how many people have rated this raw and inspiring movie below 5 stars!

In today's world of individualism, it is really touching to see how there are people out there who are selfless and are actually actively doing something about the HIV crisis in Africa. Sure, there are movements like the Product (Red) campaign, but this documentary shows what people are capable of doing on the forefront and on a grassroots level to provide a long-term solution to this devastating situation.

From the beginning of the movie, you are hit with powerful and touching images of the Cloete family loving and caring for the children that have come under their wing. By giving them a loving environment, education, food and, most importantly, a strong sense of self, they are providing them with a future. The reach out programs that are carried out by Marion and her family are nothing short of amazing. Speaking to families and trying to make them see logic when it comes to the children's health and well-being. The parents sometimes don't understand that they need to act now and their children need to be at places like the school and boarding house to be away from situations where there is high risk of HIV infection from rape or prostitution.

The movie is quite raw - there is no interruption from the filmmakers and it is very focused on showing the ins and outs of what goes on at the orphanage. The stories that are interwoven are heartbreaking yet inspirational. It really pinpoints the HIV / AIDS crisis in Africa and how, even without a whole lot of money, that it can be solved.

I think this documentary is an important one and needs more recognition and support from the public. People like Oprah and Bono should really be on the bandwagon to support these sorts of charities and organizations and publicize them so that there is more recognition in the global community. It has really inspired me to go out there to do something to really help - and in turn help me grow as a person.


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