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ABC Africa (2001)

Documentary account of the AIDS crisis in Uganda.

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Abbas Kiarostami

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Abbas Kiarostami ... Himself
Seifollah Samadian Seifollah Samadian ... Himself (as Seyfolah Samadian)
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Storyline

Abbas Kiarostami and his assistant, Seifollah Samadian, travel to Kampala, Uganda at the request of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development. For ten days, their camera captures and caresses the faces of a thousand children - all orphans - whose parents have died of AIDS. Recording tears and laughter, music and silence, life and death, the film attests to Africa's sunny resilience in the face of so much suffering and disease. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Documentary

Certificate:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | English

Release Date:

24 October 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

ABC Afryka See more »

Filming Locations:

Kampala, Uganda See more »

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Gross USA:

$9,075
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IFAD See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Shot over 10 days on digital video. See more »

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Quite powerful view of AIDS in Africa
14 March 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Heartbreaking and beautiful documentary from Abbas Kiarostami, who once again proves that he's one of the best working directors. It's an account of AIDS-stricken Uganda and the group of women who are helping out by taking care of the over 1.5 million orphans. The documentary, shot on two digital, handheld cameras, shifts between a fact-finding mission and a more sublime bit of semi-ethnographic documentation. Kids love the camera, and they swarm around Kiarostami and his other camera operator, Seyfolah Samadian. They dance and sing and jump in front of the camera. The two men have an excellent eye for images, and they catch many that are powerful and beautiful. The music is always beautiful. As much as I loved this film, I had to groan at its final moments, which prove that Kiarostami is as much a manipulator as any of the directors who regularly get criticized for that.


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