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Life Support (2007)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 7 February 2008
The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community.

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Ana
Vianca Mercedes ...
Drug addict
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Lucille
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Slick
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Kelly
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Amare
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Sandra
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Ness
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MJ2
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Tanya
Limary Agosto ...
Woman #1 (as Limary L. Agosto)
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Andre (as Carlos Alban)
Sidné Anderson ...
Sister Bernice
Dorothea Golden ...
Peer Counselor #1
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Deyah
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In Brooklyn, New York, the former crack addicted Ana Wallace is HIV positive and is a volunteer in the Life Support, an organization that promotes a fight against AIDS in the African American community. Ana wanders through the streets handing out condoms and helping people with AIDS through lectures and advices. She lives with her mate Slick, who has transmitted AIDS to her, and their little daughter Kim. She has lost the custody of her older daughter Kelly that lives with her estranged mother Lucille. When Kelly's childhood gay friend Amare, who is sick and rejected by his sister Tanya, vanishes on the streets of Brooklyn, Ana seeks him out and tries to save him. Meanwhile Lucille decides to move to Virginia with Kelly, and Ana reflects about her life and the relationship with Kelly. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Tanya and Amare who are sister and brother in this film are actually real siblings. Tracee Ellis Ross and Evan Ross, children of the iconic singer Diana Ross. See more »

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I never promised you a rose garden.
9 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Queen Latifah is truly outstanding on this biopic about a former drug addict who becomes HIV+ and now devotes her life to helping others avoid or deal with the disease.

But, it is not just the social work that is compelling, it is the fact that even social workers have real lives that intersect with and compete with their duties.

We feel Ana's pain as she tries to convince her sisters in the community to deal realistically with the AIDS epidemic that is the leading cause of death for black women between 24-35. At the same time, she is dealing with a husband that infected her when they were both crack addicts. She is also trying to raise a young daughter, while trying to reconnect with a daughter she lost during her drug-use period. It's almost more than a normal person can handle, and seemingly impossible for a reformed drug-user.

Queen Latifah is assisted by a great cast that includes Wendell Pierce (Ray, "The Wire), Gloria Reuben ("ER"), and newcomer Rachel Nicks.


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