A.B.C Africa [videorecording] /
MK2 Productions ; [a film by Abbas Kiarostami ; ... New Yorker Films presents with Abbas Kiarostami and Marin Karmitz].
[United States] : New Yorker Video, [2005]
1 videodisc (139 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
1567304052, 9781567304053
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[United States] : New Yorker Video, [2005]
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DVD 82905
contents note
Abbas Kiarostami, the art of living (55 min.).
credits note
Cinematographer, Seifollah Samadian ; editor, Abbas Kiarostami.
general note
Duration of feature: 84 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.
Special features: Scene selections; theatrical trailer; Abbas Kiarostami : the art of living / MK2 Diffusion (55 min.).
Narrators: Abbas Kiarostami, Seifollah Samadian.
Over the course of a 10-day visit to Uganda in 2001, Abbas Kiarostami uses his camera to capture and caress the faces of a thousand orphans. An alternately heartbreaking and optimistic view of the results of the AIDS epidemic and civil war.
language note
In English and Farsi with English subtitles.
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MPAA rating: Not rated.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-09-15:
Director Kiarostami is a renowned Iranian filmmaker with a career spanning three decades; in 1997, he received the UNESCO Fellini medal. This documentary starts with a fax from the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development asking him to make a film about the Uganda Women's Effort To Save Orphans (UWESO), an organization trying to help the estimated 1.6 million children and teenagers orphaned by the ravages of civil war and AIDS in Uganda. With very little dialog and even less narration, this film, shot with digital cameras, feels more like a travelog than a documentary; nonetheless, its message is heartfelt-the AIDS crisis in Africa is an atrocity. Yet the film is far from depressing; in many scenes, Ugandan children are laughing, dancing, and singing at the pair of handheld digital cameras filming their lives. The film ends with shots of an adorable little girl (wearing a shirt with the letters A.B.C), recently adopted by a couple from Austria. Highly recommended.-Robyn Rosenberg, Penn State Great Valley Lib., Malvern (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Over the course of a ten-day visit to Uganda, Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us) uses his camera to capture and caress the faces of a thousand orphans. Although a documentary about the ravages of AIDS and civil war in Uganda may seem at first like a radical departure, one of the most remarkable things about ABC Africa is the way that Iran¹s most celebrated auteur makes such unlikely material very much his own. In true Kiarostami style, an impressionistic, deceptively simple record of a journey becomes the film itself. This striking visual poem is full of echoes from his oeuvre: the hypnotic tracking shots from car windows, the dirt-road villages, the majestic landscapes and, above all, the emphasis on the resilience and resourcefulness of children. Alternately heartbreaking and optimistic, ABC Africa records a people struggling to survive. Filled with laughter and music, and pulsing with life, Kiarostami¹s vision attests to Africa¹s sunny spirit in the face of so much adversity.

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