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Life Support (2007)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 7 February 2008
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The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community.

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Nelson George
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Latifah ... Ana
Vianca Mercedes Vianca Mercedes ... Drug addict
Anna Deavere Smith ... Lucille
Wendell Pierce ... Slick
Rachel Nicks ... Kelly
Evan Ross ... Amare
Gloria Reuben ... Sandra
Tony Rock ... Ness
Darrin Dewitt Henson ... MJ2
Tracee Ellis Ross ... Tanya
Limary Agosto Limary Agosto ... Woman #1 (as Limary L. Agosto)
Carlo Alban ... Andre (as Carlos Alban)
Sidné Anderson ... Sister Bernice
Dorothea Golden Dorothea Golden ... Peer Counselor #1
Chyna Layne ... Deyah
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Storyline

In Brooklyn, New York, the former crack addicted Ana Wallace is HIV positive and is a volunteer in the Life Support, an organization that promotes a fight against AIDS in the African American community. Ana wanders through the streets handing out condoms and helping people with AIDS through lectures and advices. She lives with her mate Slick, who has transmitted AIDS to her, and their little daughter Kim. She has lost the custody of her older daughter Kelly that lives with her estranged mother Lucille. When Kelly's childhood gay friend Amare, who is sick and rejected by his sister Tanya, vanishes on the streets of Brooklyn, Ana seeks him out and tries to save him. Meanwhile Lucille decides to move to Virginia with Kelly, and Ana reflects about her life and the relationship with Kelly. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You Can't Live Without It.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2008 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Anasa zois See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tanya and Amare who are sister and brother in this film are actually real siblings. Tracee Ellis Ross and Evan Ross, children of the iconic singer Diana Ross. See more »

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Excellent Film!
12 December 2011 | by gregory1224See all my reviews

This film is beyond excellent. Where do I start? First, , the acting by all involved including the minor parts is brilliant. Queen Latifah is truly royal; Ross, Smith, and Pierce are equally brilliant; however, Pierce's role as the husband matches Latifah's performance punch for punch. A special shout out to Tracee Ellis Ross whose small role was handled brilliantly.

Second, the movie itself feel like a home movie. It is no small wonder it is based on the life of "Ana" a real life heroin addict whose life unfolds in front of us. The movies use of NYC locations was a smart move by all involved. The music used is really good. The dreariness of the city holds up like a toxic killer that is HIV.

Third, the topic of HIV amongst the forgotten community: blacks in America is a long time coming. Nowadays, HIV is huge among African American in our inner cities.

The movie finely address the "invisible" population and gives them names and faces.

I wholeheartedly recommend this film for anyone who wants to see what brilliant acting, plot line, and heart-wrenching choices people make...even if they are wrong.


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