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Film chronicles life among AIDS orphans

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An inspiring film about a woman who walks away from a life of privilege to care for hundreds of orphaned children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa makes its Victoria premiere tonight.

Angels in the Dust is an acclaimed portrait of Marion Cloete, a university-trained therapist who left her life in a Johannesbu­rg suburb to build Botshabelo, a village and school that provides shelter, food and education to more than 550 South African children affected by what Archbishop Desmond Tutu has termed “the new apartheid.”

The film parallels Cloete’s remarkable story with the plight of orphaned elephants in South Africa’s Pilanesber­g National Park, victims of the government practice of killing elephants to control the size of their herds.

Angels in the Dust is being screened at 7 p.m. at First Metropolit­an United Church, at the corner of Quadra Street and Balmoral Road.

Refreshmen­ts and door prizes will be available.

Proceeds from the event being presented by Carry on Grannies are going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Munro’s Bookstore or at the door.

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