ABC Africa 2001
The first image of Abbas Kiarostami’s 2001 documentary, ABC Africa, reveals a fax from a United Nations agency inviting the Iranian filmmaker to make a film about Uganda’s AIDS orphans.
Out of a population of 22 million, Uganda has lost more than 2 million to the AIDS pandemic, with another 2 million infected with the virus. Consequently, as the film points out, the country is home to more than 1.6 million orphans. Kiarostami focuses on some of these children who are, in turn, fascinated by the camera. They jump around and clown for the filmmakers, but, in many faces, the painful realities are suggested in their eyes.
The children’s raw enthusiasm is balanced by the tragic stories told by the adults who must care for the orphans. The foster caretakers are overwhelmingly surviving widows and grandmothers. One elderly woman describes her personal situation in which 35 children live with her in a single-room house.

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:23:51 | 4.36 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Farsi-English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Documentary

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Country: Iran

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