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Angels In The Dust (Cinema Libre DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: B     Documentary: B



Marion Cloete is an amazing woman in South Africa who has made a home for orphan children part of a nightmarish situation who are victims of rampant abuse that often includes HIV/AIDS infection.  Their parents, brothers and/or sisters die and they have nowhere to go, but instead of having nowhere to turn, Louise Hogarth’s Angels In The Dust (2007) shows us how this woman has brought life and hope against insanity where children are raped and exploited.


Part of the problem is a sick myth dumb adults believe (or want to pretend to believe) that they will be saved from AIDS if they have sex with a young virgin.  Unfortunately, the country itself is doing next to nothing to fix this, especially the government and it is a surprisingly under-reported crisis in the press at large.  Where is the U.N. in all this?  How about the U.S. and other civilized/rich/first world countries with the resources to help?  Is part of this from world racism?  Would it be this way if they had oil?


In the meantime, these innocent children are forced for the worst reasons to grow up fast and how they endure is amazing, as well as angering in that they should not have to go through this.  Fortunately, this compassionate, smart, intelligent, impressive documentary delivers the whole picture without illicit appeals to pity or condescending manipulations.  There are many political and highly journalistic documentaries out there, but Angels In The Dust stands alone as one of the most important, uncovering a big story being practically censored for too many years to count.  See it as soon as you can.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a patchwork of various video formats, many of which are soft analog video, but editing is very good and the subject is so compelling that it is hard to turn away.  It is even more surprising that the Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is as clean and clear as it is considering the tough circumstances this was shot in.  Extras include PSAs on the subject, weblink, how you can donate/help in the situation, deleted scenes and a director’s audio commentary.  All are informative and this is a documentary with serious impact worth your time.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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