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     ANGELS IN THE DUST
South Africa, 2007, 94 mins, Color (Adult Content)

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Director: Louise Hogarth
Screenwriter: Louise Hogarth
Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann
Producers: James Egan, Louis Hogarth
Cinematographer: May Rigler
Editor: May Rigler

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL VARA AUDIENCE AWARD

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL



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 husband and two daughters—fearlessly walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to establish Boikarabelo (formerly Botshabelo), an extraordinary village and school that provide shelter, food, and education to more than 550 South African children.  
 
The tale of Marion and the orphans she cares for is echoed in a dramatic parallel saga of the orphaned elephants of Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa.  The longtime government practice of culling— killing adult elephants to control herd sizes—tore apart the complex social fabric of elephant culture, a fabric that is not unlike that of the traditionally close-knit African village. As a result, orphaned elephants grew up exhibiting unusually violent behavior, such as attacking and goring rhinos. But elder elephants were recently introduced into the Pilanesberg population to resocialize 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 Boikarabelo (formerly Botshabelo).     
 
ANGELS IN THE DUST is the story of a courageous, self-sacrificing, fiercely loving woman who chooses a spiritual path over a material one; it tells of the life-changing power of one compassionate heart.  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.


"...Nothing short of wondrous" -- NY Magazine

Louise Hogarth
Louise Hogarth was the co-producer for the 1993 Academy Award winning documentary, THE PANAMA DECEPTION, and since then she has devoted her life and career to projects that address social and human rights issues, especially HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. 
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          NEW BOY
Ireland, 11 mins,

Director: Stephanie Green

Based on a short story by Roddy Doyle.  A displaced African boy's first day of school in Ireland.


 
Showings
06/13/08 09:00 AMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 
06/14/08 04:30 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 


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