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Mary and Martha (2013)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 20 April 2013
Two mothers lose their sons to malaria.

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Ben
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Bongo Mbutuma ...
Pumelele
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Charles
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Nokuthula Ledwaba ...
Sifiso Sihlangu ...
Little Paul
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Kumi
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Patience
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South African Doctor
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Funeral Singer (as Beatrice Miller)
Mangaliso Ngema ...
Mozambican Doctor
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Hilary Swank stars as Mary and Brenda Blethyn stars as Martha, an American interior designer and British housewife who have little in common apart from the one thing they wish they didn't. When malaria strikes, the lives of these very different women change forever. They forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process. Enlisting the help of Mary's estranged father, a former politico, the two women beseech both the powers that be and ordinary people to get involved, realizing a shared responsibility to all the world's children. Written by HBO

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Two mothers connected by loss. Inspired by hope.

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Die Kämpferin  »

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Goofs

In the local restaurant scene, the waitress speaks in Spanish while serving Mary and her son but Mozambique's official language is Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Ben: [reading a letter that has just arrived] They said yes. They thought I was brilliant.
Martha: It doesn't actually say that, does it?
Ben: Well, no, but it implies it. the implication of every word is they think I'm totally brilliant.
Martha: [taking the letter from Ben and reading out loud a passage] "Thank you for your application, which we have accepted."
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Mentioned in the End Credits: "Produced with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa, who does not accept any liability for the content and does not necessarily support such content." See more »

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Features Billy Elliot (2000) See more »

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Black Ice
Co-Produced by Nalle Karlsson
Guitars by Nalle Karlsson
Performed by the North
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A touching story
18 October 2013 | by (Sarajevo B&H) – See all my reviews

It is always sad to watch parents loose their children. Every child is so precious that when a parent looses its own child that parent is finished. It gives that parent a mission in life, which in the most cases is fruitless one, in this film may be it is not so fruitless.

I do not believe in the African countries. Most of those states are failed states. They do not have any chance of survival, and people in many of those countries are doomed. It is a real life risk for the white people to go there, my father almost lost his head going to Zaire on business. When Mobutu Sese Seko fled the country they devastated his compound to the ground. The guards and workers, who lived decent lives during those years are now barley surviving. I would never go to Africa unless you want to have a personal tragedy like this one.


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