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Dear Francis (2005)

The UN has declared the small African kingdom of Swaziland to be the world's most HIV-infected nation with nearly 40% of its adult population carrying the virus. Experts say that within 50 ... See full summary »
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The UN has declared the small African kingdom of Swaziland to be the world's most HIV-infected nation with nearly 40% of its adult population carrying the virus. Experts say that within 50 years the Swazi people may become extinct unless profound change is realized. Shortly after the official declaration, Lance and Kelly, two Texas college students with high ideals, great hopes, and a bit of naiveté embark on a most unconventional AIDS prevention program to Swaziland. Dear Francis puts a face to the AIDS pandemic as it chronicles the personal stories of two strangers and the Swazis they befriend. Through these relationships, they discover that the causes of this plague are much more disturbing and complex than they could have ever imagined. Interspersed in the story are interviews of local and international officials working the front lines of the pandemic. Their insights and commentaries are some of the most enlightening and heart-wrenching interviews on the AIDS crisis to ever see ... Written by Chronicle Project

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swaziland | hiv aids | africa | See All (3) »

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The World's Most HIV-Infected Nation Faces Extinction. Is There Any Hope?

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USA

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English

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4 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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$65,000 (estimated)
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Chronicle Project See more »
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Color (NTSC Color)| Color
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Saw this on Showtime. Way better than I expected.
3 April 2011 | by incorinthSee all my reviews

Saw this on Showtime. Way better than I expected. Was skeptical because it follows a group of southern baptist college students going to Africa to save the world. But since it was on Showtime I figured there must have been some reason they chose the film. Glad I stuck with it. The filmmakers did a great job being true to the journey the students went on. The film really picks up about halfway through, moving on from information and into a surprisingly powerful story.

The last fifteen minutes of this film kind of blew me away. So powerful. Without giving anything away, it contains a section of scenes that rival any scripted film that deals with HIV/AIDS. Worth watching just for what they caught on tape.


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