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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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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 »

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Life Support 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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Featured in The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (2007) See more »

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A Tribute to Life
23 July 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Brooklyn, New York, the former crack addicted Ana Wallace (Queen Latifah) is HIV positive and is a volunteer in the Life Support, an organization that promotes a fight against AIDS in the Afro-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 (Wendell Pierce), who has transmitted AIDS to her, and their little daughter Kim (Rayelle Parker). She has lost the custody of her older daughter Kelly (Rachel Nicks) that lives with her estranged mother Lucille (Anna Deavere Smith).

When Kelly's childhood gay friend Amare (Evan Ross), who is sick and rejected by his sister Tanya (Tracee Ellis Ross), 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.

"Life Support" is a wonderful tribute to life inspired in the true story of a black woman that has overcome her addiction to crack and has become an activist in her community of an organization called Life Support. Despite being a sad story, the message transmitted by this little film is tremendously positive and uplifting. The Afro-American actors and actresses have magnificent performances and Queen Latifah shines in the role of Ana Wallace. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Juntos pela Vida" ("Together for Life")


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