Previously at the ICA - Films
29 Mar 2012
"HIV is like somebody living in my body without paying rent. I don’t know him and I don’t like him." — Lydia, age 13, Little Heaven Orphanage, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lydia tells us the story of her life, with her expressive face and her reflective diary entries. We meet Lydia at a major turning point in her life and we see everything from her perspective. We see her daily routines at the Little Heaven orphanage, her conversations with the other children there, her doctor appointments, exercise, study, prayer - all adding up to a visceral experience of life at the Little Heaven orphanage. We sense the camaraderie of the children as they form a kind of family along with their caretakers at the orphanage. We learn that some of the children have been abandoned by their families and some, like Lydia, were left alone when their parents died. Their HIV status is always in the background, but small victories, such as everyone succeeding in going on to the same secondary school, show us a life that is full of hope - not despair.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with film director Lieven Corthouts and Iris Ordonez. Lieven Corthouts has also written and directed another documentary in Ethiopia, My Future (2008).
Dir: Lieven Corthouts, Belgium, 2011, In Amharic with English subtitles, 70 mins, 15 cert