Tells the moving and inspiring story of 12 year old Slindile and her remarkable friends at the Agape orphanage in South Africa.Tells the moving and inspiring story of 12 year old Slindile and her remarkable friends at the Agape orphanage in South Africa.Tells the moving and inspiring story of 12 year old Slindile and her remarkable friends at the Agape orphanage in South Africa.
The documentary follows the espionage as their truly mesmerising and powerful singing leads them into a whole new world which can open up doors for themselves back home and for many future South African's around their area. It also focuses on a large family who have lost their parents in which there is now a divide (The elder family members staying at the family home and the younger members staying at Agape because of the lack of finance to take care of them). The scenes where the family are together and participating in family banter and activities is really nice to watch...real people...living real lives but with many more obstructions and difficulties in their lives than many of us are fortunate not to experience. The affection and warmth and love within the family is just simply lovely to watch and is captured so well by the film. It also follows a plot in which the Agape espionage is trying to raise money for more funds to expand etc. and after a trip to England was cancelled plus other factors make it extremely hard for them to follow their dream. Will they reach it? If you haven't seen it then watch and find out.
The music and singing seen in the documentary again is captured brilliantly...really showing and emphasising to the audience just how important music is to these children and their culture. It helps them in every aspect of life and you really do understand and appreciate how the music and singing has had a massive impact on their lives.
The film also covers more harrowing subjects such as the effect of HIV on the family. Sifiso the big brother of the family being diagnosed which leads obviously to some really emotional scenes of pain and sorrow and hits you hard as to the fact that HIV is at large in these areas and the emotional challenges it unfortunately sets upon the family. Normally all we see about HIV is statistics and figures but this film helps us connect with the people, connect with the family during their time of bereavement and really get across the emotional and painful side to HIV rather than numbers.
It follows a truly great story with harsh realities of life a massive part and also involving so many wonderful kids who have some great personalities and great voices who have a dream to make their lives better and many more generations to come better by doing what they do best...sing. Emotional, touching, funny, hard-hitting, family, lovely...a great piece from the upcoming filmmaker Paul Taylor. Great documentary following a great story.
- Apr 10, 2008