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Angels in the Dust (2007)



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Angels in the Dust is a story of hope and healing in the face of a staggering crisis. AIDS is leaving entire South African villages decimated and thousands of children orphaned, with no adults to raise them. The inspiring story of Marion Cloete, a university-trained therapist who--with her husband and three daughters--fearlessly walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to build Botshabelo, an extraordinary village and school that provides shelter, food, and education to more than 550 South African children.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
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Written By: Louise Hogarth
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On DVD: Feb 19, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Angels in the Dust

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

A moving, stunning example of unadorned filmmaking.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007
Washington Post
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One of the most staggeringly straightforward looks at death I've ever seen. The movie's grace note is its subtlety.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Boston Globe
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It thoughtfully illuminates a seemingly unsolvable problem while proving that one person really can make a difference.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Seattle Times
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......often less than compelling.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Writer-director Louise Hogarth shrinks an enormous issue down to human terms...

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Hogarth creates such a complete and satisfying world in the village that when her camera pans away to a forest of tiny graves in a Soweto cemetery, it's a necessary shock to realize that Cloete's haven is one happy drop in an ocean of suffering.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Angels in the Dust

I discovered the poorest and most abused of urban children worldwide when I saw a screening of Pixote shortly after getting out of college.

Although not easily available these days, the images of that film still haunt me years later.

Although not quiet as harsh, and although quite a bit more hopeful, this documentary tells a story of love and hope and joy (and possibly triumph) despite the devastation of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, in this case South Africa.

You won't be shocked beyond recognition as you might have been if you saw City of God, but you will be moved as the children tell their stories of loss and of grief.

One woman and her family have brought hope where there is little cause for it and the filmmaker chronicles life in the community that they have established in Johannesburg to care for and to perhaps heal the children of AIDS.

Two thumbs up for this effort and for the film and for the filmmaker.

On a personal note, if there is a cause where our war waging resources should be diverted, I think that that cause is the rescue of the abandoned children of our 3rd world urban centers and the orphaned children of the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Denny C

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Angels in the Dust[/i] is undeniably an important film, and while this story needs to be told, many will ask, if we really need another Africa/Aids documentary? My answer, is until every ignored issue in that country is fixed, and until we cure AIDS, we can never have enough of these films. This heart wrenching documentary is not an easy film to watch, and may not be what some term to be a ?nights entertainment?, but it needs to be seen. On the big screen, the filming of the town in Southern Africa looks both breathtaking and sobering at the same time. It is hard for us to imagine a place in which your little sister may be forced into prostitution and even forced into sleeping with relatives. It is hard for us to imagine a place that believes that if you sleep with a virgin, your AIDs will go away. In general it is hard for anyone sitting in the comfort of America or any other better of country to sit down and watch this film.

This film focuses on Marion Chloete, a wealthy woman who left her life of comfort to open an orphanage. She takes in all of the children who are left parentless by AIDs. This is an incredible woman and she provides the inspiration to an otherwise sobering documentary. Overall, I have a hard time even judging the technical merits of this film due to its content matter being so important. This may be a straightforward PBS style documentary, but it is a heart wrenching, massively important, and beautifully shot one. I would even go so far to say that I would hope that this would get some awards buzz just so that more attention would be drawn to this wonderful documentary.

David Webb

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