Item - ONCE ON A RIVER

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ONCE ON A RIVER

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52 mins
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Director: Miki Redelinghuys: South Africa, 2007
Producer: Lauren Groenewald and Miki Redelinghuys for Plexus Films with the assistance of the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa; a co-production between Plexus Films and SABC.
Narrator: Zukiswa Pakama
Language: English and Xhosa with English subtitles.
A whole village community fights AIDS-HIV with an unusual weapon: tapestry craft. In the small Eastern Cape village of Hamburg on the Keiskamma River, a war is being fought. Grandmothers, the hospice, the aids counselor Eunice Mangwane and Dr. Carol Hofmeyer-Baker are all fighting for hope, human dignity and the will to live. The women’s heroic fight is symbolized by an enormous, many-panelled altarpiece, made from wool, yarn, metal, beads as well as photographs, created and stitched together by 130 local volunteers and telling the story of AIDS in their community.

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