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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Green Lion Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 56 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

Millions of children in Africa have lost their parents to AIDS. Filmed over a seven-month period, 'Their Brothers' Keepers' goes inside Chazanga Compound, a shantytown in Lusaka, Zambia. The crew focuses on two families headed by children, and their ongoing struggle for food, water schooling and health care. Local community and aid workers offer support but lack any real resources. Throughout the film, excerpts from speeches by Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, fill in the broader social context. Stunning photography and an exquisite musical score contrast sharply with the surreal lives of these heroic children. This is a documentary about children determined to survive; they are the future of Africa. This film asks how much longer will we stand by? "Their Brothers' Keepers powerfully conveys the sense of hope grounded in the human spirit to survive. It is highly recommended for college and public library collections." Calvin O. Masilela, Associate Professor and Director, Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Awards: Two Golden Sheaf Awards, Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Photography, Yorkton Film & Video Festival 2005; Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival 2005; United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford 2005; Ecofilms, Rhodes 2005; Montreal World Film Festival 2005; Calgary International Film Festival 2005; Vancouver International Film Festival 2005

Links: http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/

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