Magazine article New Internationalist

We Are Together (Thina Simunye)

Magazine article New Internationalist

We Are Together (Thina Simunye)

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We Are Together (Thina Simunye)

directed and co-written by Paul Taylor (82 minutes)

The title of this documentary gets it exactly right. At the Agape Orphanage, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, the children have their own choir and sing beautifully together. It's a delight to listen to. But what's really striking about these children, whatever they're doing - singing, walking to school, doing their chores - is that they are not only 'together' musically, but also socially.

The parents of most of the children have died of AIDS. Slindile regularly walks to her former home nearby where her eldest brother Sifiso is very unwell, and declining. Eventually he discovers he has AIDS too, and dies. The film focuses on Slindile more than any other child, and she has a co-writing credit with director Taylor. She's a very emotionally mature 12-year-old, who misses her mother terribly, and the hurt when she loses her brother is palpable. …

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