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Pili (2017)

In Tanzania, a single mother is offered the chance to improve her circumstances, but the risks she faces have deepening consequences as she struggles to keep her HIV-positive status secret.

Director:

Leanne Welham

Writers:

Sophie Harman (story), Leanne Welham (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Bello Rashid Bello Rashid ... Pili
Nkwabi Elias Ng'angasamala Nkwabi Elias Ng'angasamala ... Mahera
Sesilia Florian Kilimila Sesilia Florian Kilimila ... Cecilia
Sikijua Rashid Sikijua Rashid ... Zuhura
Mwanaidi Omari Sefi Mwanaidi Omari Sefi ... Leila
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Storyline

Pili lives in rural Tanzania, working the fields for less than $1 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV-positive status in secret. When she is offered the chance to rent a sought-after market-stall, Pili is desperate to have it. But with only two days to get the deposit together, Pili is forced to make increasingly difficult decisions with ever-deepening consequences. How much will she risk to change her life?

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How much would you risk to change your life?

Genres:

Drama

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Siri ya penzi
by Shaa
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I thought this film was amazing!
29 March 2021 | by UKscreenwriterSee all my reviews

I caught this by chance not knowing a thing about it and thought it was extraordinary. It's as if Ken Loach had made a film about the struggles of a single African mother with a debilitating medical condition fighting to survive. Pili faces hardship and the worse kind of exploitation however there are no evil characters here, everyone has a point of view, which makes this a profound film about the human condition. The film-makers show respect to the subject matter, it is never patronising and there are no silly or unbelievable scenes. I hardly ever write reviews and I'm surprised no one else has reviewed this film or that it has had to little coverage.


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Country:

UK | Tanzania

Language:

Swahili

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (Ireland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tanzania

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$441
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