ABC Africa (2002)

ABC Africa



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Uganda, March 2000. At the request of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development, Abbas Kiarostami and his assistant, Seifollah Samadian, arrive in Kampala. For ten days, their DV camera captures and caresses the faces of a thousand children, all orphans, whose parents have died of AIDS. It records tears and laughter, music and silence, life and death. It attests to Africa's sunny resilience to so much suffering and disease.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Abbas Kiarostami
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On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
New Yorker Films


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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10)

Will do nothing to advance or detract from the reputation of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker.

February 27, 2004
Washington Post
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A gorgeous and surprisingly profound meditation on a place and its people.

February 27, 2004
Washington Post
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Kiarostami has crafted a deceptively casual ode to children and managed to convey a tiny sense of hope.

February 24, 2003
Seattle Times
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The you-are-there style ultimately enhances ABC Africa's ability to get inside the soul of Uganda, and of the viewer.

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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A movie of seemingly limpid transparency and tremendous, understated compassion.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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The people in ABC Africa are treated as docile, mostly wordless ethnographic extras.

Full Review… | May 21, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
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