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Angels in the Dust (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary | 14 September 2007 (USA)
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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Fighting what appears to be a hopeless fight.
25 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I decided to watch this film because I am visiting South Africa in the near future. So, to get myself into the mood, I've been seeking out carious films set in South Africa. "Angels in the Dust" is such a film--being filmed in the Johannesburg area just a few years ago.

The film is about a woman (Marion Cloete) and her apparently hopeless struggle to help the HIV-ridden local population. Ignorance is incredible--which would help explain a national HIV+ rate of about 20%--the highest rate in the entire world. For example, infected men believe that having sex with a virgin will cure you--so countless small children are raped and infected regularly. And, it doesn't help any that the government health officials insists that a diet rich in olive oil and garlic can cure the virus as well! So, Marion spends time educating folks, taking care of the many orphans and trying her best to make a better life for her neighbors.

The film is utterly depressing from start to finish. While you really admire folks for trying, it's such a huge battle it's hard not to feel that it's hopeless--which makes Cloete and her family all the more incredible. I strongly recommend the film, however, as ignorance about the world or indifference is wrong and people should be aware of the struggles of these people. What to do about it, however, that isn't so very clear--at least until significant changes occur in the way of education and government denials. Thought-provoking and sad.


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