Cinema Libre, which specializes in social issue movies, will distribute Participant Prods.’ doc “Angels in the Dust.”
Films about Africa and its ills are in fact a hot new area for exploration by filmmakers. BBC Films apparently has several such films in development as, does European channel Arte.
Helmed by Louise Hogarth, “Angels” looks at the AIDS crisis in South Africa through the eyes of orphans. It will get a limited theatrical release this fall in the U.S.
“Angels” is the story of Marion Cloete, an Afrikaner who — with her husband and two daughters –walked away from a privileged life in Johannesburg to establish Botshabelo, a village and school that provide shelter, food and education to South African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Cinema Libre will handle U.S. distribution and international sales on behalf of Participant.
” ‘Angels’ should alert the world to the extent of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa,” said Philippe Diaz, chairman of Cinema Libre. “We believe, like Participant, that movies can make a difference.”
In addition to distributing “Angels,” Cinema Libre is developing a narrative feature, “Children of Kibera,” based on stories from the slum, Kibera, in Kenya. It’s the same slum featured in “The Constant Gardener,” just outside Nairobi.