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I Am Because We Are -- A look into the lives of Malawi's 1 million plus orphans in the wake of the AIDS pandemic. It offers hope and real solutions to the challenges that people face living in extreme poverty.

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25 March 2009 (France) See more »
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A look into the lives of Malawi's 1 million plus orphans in the wake of the AIDS pandemic. It offers hope and real solutions to the challenges that people face living in extreme poverty. | Add synopsis »
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I ended up finding out much more than I bargained for; about Malawi, about myself, about humanity. See more (2 total) »

Cast

 

Bill Clinton ... Himself
Paul Farmer ... Himself

Madonna ... Herself / narrator
Jeffrey Sachs ... Himself

Desmond Tutu ... Himself

Directed by
Nathan Rissman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Madonna  writer

Produced by
Kristen Ashburn .... consulting producer
Angela Becker .... producer
Doc Crotzer .... line producer
Grant James .... associate producer
Madonna .... executive producer
Barry Peele .... consulting producer
Philippe van den Bossche .... consulting producer
 
Original Music by
Patrick Leonard (music composer)
 
Cinematography by
Kevin Brown 
Grant James 
Nathan Rissman 
Marc Shap 
John Martin White 
 
Film Editing by
Danny Tull 
 
Production Management
Aliki Papadeas .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Barnhart .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Sound Department
Rodney Berling .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Brown .... sound
Richard Lewis .... re-recording mixer
Steven Parker .... re-recording mixer
 
Editorial Department
Dan Coles .... digital colorist
Hamish Lyons .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Patrick Leonard .... composer: theme music
Jesse String .... music engineer
 
Other crew
Shari Goldschmidt .... production accountant
Karen Gottlieb .... legal attorney
Emilie Maison .... press attache france
Mayra Simon .... production accountant
 
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Kim Honeyman .... special thanks
 

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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
I ended up finding out much more than I bargained for; about Malawi, about myself, about humanity., 1 December 2008
Author: lastliberal from United States

The second poorest country in the world. A place where 66% of the population exists on less that $1 a day. A place where children cannot go to secondary school because they don't have the $10 per term. This is Malawi.

Malawi is also a country of 12 million people, where one million are children who are orphans because their parents have died of AIDS. This film makes it extremely difficult to face these children and not feel that they are worse off than anywhere else in the world.

However, it would not be a great film if that is all it did. Despite the poverty and disease and the clinging to destructive traditions and the superstitions, the film presents hope for these children and the country.

It also presents lessons for us. As JFK said "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." Malawi is looking for help, not a handout. They are being educated in accepting their own responsibility for their lives. Something that is lacking in so many of our neighbors who always blame others for their misfortune. They use this inner strength to smile and laugh and sing in the face of abject poverty. They need our help to overcome their problems and grow their own country.

The seeds are being planted, but the need to assist is presented in a film that should move all.

Thank you, Madonna, for bringing this to us.

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