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Shouting Silent

Xoliswa Sithole lost her mother to AIDS when she was in her 20s. Almost a decade later she traveled around her native South Africa, visiting with others who'd lost their mothers, and in many cases their fathers too. As Sithole journeys from one family to another, the scope of the havoc unleashed by HIV on her country becomes agonizingly apparent; at one point she comments on the new family structure that's emerged in Africa, as many orphaned children are raised by their grandparents. What's sorely lacking from Sithole's 2002 video, however, is any mention of the government's ineffectual approach to the epidemic, which has exacerbated the ongoing tragedy.

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