I Am Because We Are (2008)

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In the African nation of Malawi, disease, poverty and famine have taken a horrible toll, especially on young people -- in a country of twelve million people, one million are orphaned children. In 2006, pop singer Madonna began studying the crisis in Malawi, and decided to use her wealth and celebrity to help; she helped finance the construction of a home for orphans, founded a relief organization called the Raising Malawi Orphan Care Initiative, and as a personal example she and her husband adopted a boy from Malawi, David Banda Mwale, whose mother had died. Now Madonna has written and produced I Am Because We Are, a documentary about Malawi that attempts to demonstrate at the need for action by profiling eight children growing up without parents; these youngsters long for a better life and strive to remain optimistic about the future despite the long odds fate has set against them. I Am Because We Are also features interviews with a number of people working to alleviate the ongoing tragedy in Malawi, including Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, and leaders of a number of leading relief and charitable organizations. I Am Because We Are received its North American premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Madonna's mother died when she was six. But you knew that already. The rest you probably didn't know, but should.

Full Review… | October 15, 2009
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'I Am Because We Are' (2008) is a spellbinding look at into the challenging lives of Malawi orphans. Despite its upsetting qualities, this is a documentary worth watching. It can possibly change the way you see our urbanized lifestyle.

Noah Nemeroff
Noah Nemeroff

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Madonna attempts to bring attention to some horrible things happening in Malawi. I think it could have been more emotional to get people wrapped up to really take notice of what's going on.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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It is a sad thing that most documentaries people see about different countries in Africa are those which emphasize the poverty and harsh realities of that particular country. This film was no exception to that, focusing on the HIV/AIDS prevalence of the country of Malawi, but it did however bring along with it a different face - hope. Truly powerful and inspiring, this film brought me to tears. Though the devastating truths shown in this film are (sadly) normal occurrences, I love the message that we are all truly connected as one and that despite whatever hardships and trials we face, there is no law saying that we still cannot carry a smile on our faces and persevere through it all. The dichotomy and the paradox of seeing a seemingly hopeless scene yet so full of hope is to say the least moving and uplifting. This movie is tragic, yet undeniably beautiful and amazing.

Jonalyn B.
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