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Make It Real (to Me) (2005)

A 17 year old boy in Kenya struggles to discover how to prevent himself from getting AIDS, the disease that killed his parents and left him to live alone from the age of 10.


Miles Roston


Miles Roston


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Credited cast:
Kevin Sumba Okomba Kevin Sumba Okomba ... Lead
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sennye Mugale Sennye Mugale
Anne Njeri Anne Njeri
Carolina Réal Carolina Réal ... Supporting Investigation
Evelyn Shiro Evelyn Shiro
Julia Vogel Julia Vogel


Kevin's parents died of AIDS. Now 17, he needs to know how to protect himself. But is told "no matter what, if you find yourself having sex, do not use a condom, but pray to the Lord." Kevin Sumba's parents died of AIDS, leaving him to raise himself alone from the age of 10. Now 17, on the verge of sexual maturity, he needs to know how to protect himself from the disease devastating his community. "Make It Real (to me)" is Kevin's journey, from his small slum in Kenya to the halls of power, to find out how he and the millions of orphans like him can survive the epidemic that Nelson Mandela calls the "human rights issue of our time". Written by Veronica Sive

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Kevin parents died of AIDS. Now 17, he needs to know how to protect himself.



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Australia | Ireland | Thailand | USA


English | Swahili | Thai

Release Date:

1 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »


Box Office


AUD 250,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Make It Real (to me) (2005)

*** (out of 4)

Disturbing documentary about a 16-year-old Kenyan boy who has been living alone for six years because both of his parents died of AIDS. Since he's about to become sexually active, he decides to go out and discover how he can protect himself from the virus. Several statistics from the HIV/AIDS issues in Africa are given in this film and it's rather shocking and mind boggling how stupid their government is when it comes to the issue of AIDS. The film claims that 47% of people in Africa have the virus yet the documentary shows that the majority of the people still aren't educated on the issue. The most shocking thing comes when the teenage boy asks an adult about using condoms and the adult tells him that they shouldn't be used. Other adults are interviewed and they too are telling children that condoms shouldn't be used as protection. It's also interesting that kids are kept in school for ten to eleven hours a day yet protection against the disease isn't being taught.

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