We Are Together (Thina Simunye) (2006)
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Movie InfoAs the AIDS epidemic ravages Africa, the ones who succumb to the disease are not the only victims. When tens of thousands of parents die, their children are left to fend for themselves, and the Agape Orphanage in South Africa has become a home for a growing number of children who have lost their mothers and fathers. While the children of Agape have all been touched by tragedy, they've also adopted a unique means to cope -- music. As South African singing star Zwai Bala puts it, "We, South Africans, sing before we eat. We sing when we're happy, sing when we're sad. It's a healing thing." Music has become a balm for the Agape orphans, and they've formed a choral group whose music has attracted international acclaim. Documentary filmmaker Paul Taylor explores the tragic lives of the residents of the Agape Orphanage as well as the music that gives them strength in We Are Together (Thina Simunye), which profiles a handful of children who sing with the Agape group, and follows them as they use their growing reputation to help others like themselves. Featuring cameo appearances by Paul Simon and Alicia Keys, We Are Together (Thina Simunye) received its North American premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for We Are Together (Thina Simunye)
You've seen this sort of thing before, but the film, directed by Paul Taylor, happens to be especially well photographed, and the youngsters more winning than most.
This film about orphans in South Africa would be satisfying even if the only good thing about it were its refreshing lack of Bono.
Compared to the reality-TV programs that wring manufactured drama from manipulated situations, We Are Together is an example of admirable restraint.
Heartrending musical documentary examines plight of South African AIDS orphans.
As others have reported, this is a very inspiring film. However, it does raise troubling questions about the source of Africa's misery and how it will be ended.
The specter of the AIDS crisis is raised on several occasions, but never as anything more than a way to elicit easy sympathy.
Intimate and emotional, with rather a lot of time focusing on the gorgeous young children as they laugh, play and, yes, cry
While it strays occasionally into Oxfam-advert territory, this remains a touching documentary.
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