Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 2007
Angels in the Dust
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Durée : 95 minutes
Genre : portrait
Type : documentaire

Français

Par les producteurs exécutifs du documentaire Une vérité qui dérange (An Inconvenient Truth) sur le désastre écologique avec le Vice président américain Al Gore, Angels in the Dust (Des Anges dans la poussière, en français) porte sur Marion Cloete, une thérapeute sortie de l’universitéqui, avec sa famille, quitte une vie privilégiée dans la banlieue bourgeoise de Johannesburg pour établir à Botshabelo, un village et une école extraordinaires qui fournit protection, nourriture et éducation à plus de 550 enfants sud-africains. l’histoire de Marion et des orphelins dont elle s’occupe s’intégre dans la saga des éléphants orphelins du Parc National de Pilanesberg en South Africa. Le « culling » – la longue pratique de tueries des éléphants adultes – pour contrôler la taille des troupeaux déstructure la formation sociale complexe des éléphants. Les histoires des enfants orphelins sont parallèles à la tentative de doter les éléphants de Pilanesberg de parents.

L’Archevêque Desmond Tutu appelle le VIH/SIDA « le nouveau apartheid. » A l’orée de l’année 2010, 100 millions de personnes en Afrique sub-saharienne seront infectées par le VIH/SIDA, et 26 millions d’enfants seront orphelins à cause du virus. En Afrique Sud seulement, six millions d’adultes et enfants sont infectés, mais le gouvernement ferme les yeux sur une pandémie qui ne cesse d’enfler.



This powerful documentary celebrates how children who are surrounded by death and tragedy can be instilled with strength and hope for a better tomorrow.

Directed by Louise Hogarth


Winner of numerous awards, including the 2007 Emerging Pictures/Full Frame Audience Award, the Seattle International Film Festival 2007 Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary, and the 2008 VARA Audience Award at Amnesty International, Amsterdam.

English

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.

Angels in the Dust is the true story of Marion and the orphans she cares for. The stories of the children are interwoven with the dramatic parallel saga of the orphaned elephants of Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa. The longtime government practice of culling- brutally killing adult elephants to control herd sizes- has torn apart the complex social fabric of elephant culture, a fabric that is not unlike that of the traditionally close-knit African village before Apartheid. Because the elephant society has been torn apart by culling, orphaned elephants have grown up exhibiting unusually violent behavior, such as attacking and goring rhinos. In the last few years, elder female elephants have been re-introduced into the Pilanesberg population in the hopes of resocializing the young. The experiment is working- and it offers a resonant reflection of the healing taking place for the human children being « reparented » by Marion at Botshabelo.

Angels in the Dust is the story of the life-changing power of one compassionate heart: a courageous, self-sacrificing, fiercely loving woman who has chosen a spiritual path over a material one. For a nation overwhelmed by an epidemic of HIV/AIDS, orphans, rape, violence, and Apartheid’s legacy of social and political unrest, the film offers a clear pathway of hope and a replicable paradigm for the future of cultures devastated by disease.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called HIV/AIDS « the new Apartheid. » By the year 2010, 100 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa will be infected with HIV/AIDS, and 26 million children will be orphaned as a result of the virus. In South Africa alone, six million adults and children are infected, but the government has turned a blind eye to the mounting pandemic.


From the executive producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Angels in the Dust is the inspiring story of Marion Cloete, a university-trained therapist who, with her family, walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to establish Botshabelo, an extraordinary village and school that provides shelter, food and education to more than 550 South African children. The story of Marion and the orphans she cares for is illustrated in the saga of the orphaned elephants of the Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa. Culling – the longtime practice of killing adult elephants – to control herd size tore apart the complex social fabric of elephant families. The stories of the orphaned children are paralleled with the re-parented elephants of Pilanesberg.

This powerful documentary celebrates how children who are surrounded by death and tragedy can be instilled with strength and hope for a better tomorrow.

Louise Hogarth, Director and Producer for DOL Productions

Co-produced by
Dream Out Loud Productions (DOL Productions) and Participant Productions.


Winner of numerous awards, including the 2007 Emerging Pictures/Full Frame Audience Award, the Seattle International Film Festival 2007 Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary, and the 2008 VARA Audience Award at Amnesty International, Amsterdam.

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