Angels in the Dust (2007)

By Erhardt, Erwin F. | Film & History, Spring 2010 | Go to article overview

Angels in the Dust (2007)


Erhardt, Erwin F., Film & History


Angels in the Dust (2007)

Directed by Louise Hogarth

Distributed by Cinemalibre Studios

www.cinemalibrestudio.com

95 min.

Winner of numerous awards, including the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary, at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival, Angels in the Dust chronicles the plight of South African children whose lives have become collateral damage of the AIDS crisis, orphaned at an early age because of the death of their parents and extended family members from HIV/ AIDS. Produced by Louise Hogarth, who also co-produced the 1 994 Academy Award- winning documentary film, The Panama Deception, the film is a two hour- plus journey into the life of Marion Cloete and the orphanage she and her family established in Boikarabelo to care for South African children, who were, or were about to be, orphaned.

The film opens with a grim image and a parable: We see hunters in helicopters killing adult elephants, leaving their young without "mums and dads." When the young elephants are removed from the wild, for protection and care, it is discovered that they cry at night. And as they continue to grow without parental guidance, they exhibit socialization problems, both within their cohort and with other species. A decision is made to reintroduce adult elephants with the young elephants, in the hope that the adults will teach and guide them, and indeed, the plan works. The message this narrative imparts serves as model for another orphan story in search of a happy ending - the story of a woman working with human orphans - the story of Marion Cloete.

Cloete, a trained therapist, moved with her husband, Con, and two daughters to Moyaliesberg 19 years ago, using all their savings to open a school and orphanage. The sign in front of their facility reads "Botshadbeo: A Child's Sanctuary." Here Marion and her family raise and care for over 500 children of the region, most of whom have been orphaned, and are, here, reintroduced to a "family" setting, with Marion serving as the matriarch, nurturer, care-provider, and counselor for all of the children. Not only are the young ones provided for in a psychological sense, but they are taught the values, norms, and behaviors of everyday family life - a life structured by a pattern of family meals, school, recreation time, and chores - which will enable them to function, one day, in families of their own. Cloete also brings a strong spiritual dimension to her work with the children, seeing hope and faith as critical elements in the process of "rehabilitation." This focus is integrated into the context of the film with careful and skilled timing and exposition, and generally avoids slipping into didacticism.

There are many storylines within the film itself, introducing the viewer to village life, and the stories of several young girls, in an effort to illustrate why the Cloete facility was so desperately needed. The girls' tragic, but typical, lives include stories of starvation, neglect, abuse, rape, incest, and prostitution, often becoming tools in their parents' desperate struggles for survival.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Angels in the Dust (2007)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.