2001 / documentary / France, Iran / original title : ABC AFRICA / 84’ / Color / status : completed / English, Persian / long feature-film / French catalog
Uganda, March 2000. At the request of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, Abbas Kiarostami and his assistant Seilollah Samadian arrive in Kampala. For ten days, their DV cameras capture and caress the faces of thousand children, all orphans, whose parents have died of AIDS. It records tears and laughter, music and silence, life and death. It attests to Africa’s sunny resilience to so much suffering and disease.
“Kiarostami comes close here to his idea of a poetic cinema indebted more to poetry and music.”