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AIDS awareness and the South African Boikarabelo Orphanage featured in acclaimed documentary
AIDS awareness and the South African Boikarabelo Orphanage featured in acclaimed documentary
Opens at Seattle's Varsity Theater September 28

Participant Productions' award winning documentary, Angels in the Dust, widens its commercial engagement following its September 14, 2007 theatrical premiere at the City Cinemas Village East in New York . The film will open September 28 in Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco and Seattle, followed by subsequent releases on October 5 in Boston and Atlanta, October 12 in Washington DC and Philadelphia, October 19 in Portland, OR, and November 2 in Dallas, with more cities to be added.

Angels in the Dust, is the inspiring story of Marion Cloete, a university-trained therapist, who-with her husband and two daughters-fearlessly walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to establish Boikarabelo, an extraordinary village and school that provide shelter, food, and education to more than 550 South African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For a nation overwhelmed by HIV/AIDS, orphans, rape, violence, and apartheid's legacy of social and political unrest, the film offers a clear pathway towards hope and a replicable paradigm for the future. The doc picked up the 2007 Emerging Pictures/Full Frame Audience Award as well as the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - Seattle International Film Festival and was recently called "nothing short of wondrous" by New York Magazine.

Hogarth, a filmmaker who has dedicated her career to projects that address social and human rights issues, has focused recently on HIV/AIDS issues. Her last documentary, THE GIFT, was an unflinching look at a suicidal cycle of HIV-positive Gay men who deliberately pass along the virus. That film premiered at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival, screened at almost 200 festivals and was acquired by the Sundance Channel as the centerpiece of its annual week of AIDS awareness programming. She met Marion Cloete while doing research in South Africa , brought the story to Participant Productions, which financed the film.

Participant Productions' social action wing will generate long term support for the orphanage and increase awareness about the devastating impact of HIV/AIDs in South Africa . It will highlight the extraordinary work being done by non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups and charities, particularly AIDS Healthcare Foundation and UNAIDS, working to assist the victims. More information is available at www.participate.net.

The Boikarabelo orphanage is currently funded by individual donations. Utilizing Google Map's technology, the "Virtual Orphanage"(www.participate.net) shows an aerial view of the orphanage, offering a multimedia tour of photo stills, description and video of the people who live and work there. Audiences will be able to wander through the orphanage, meet its residents, get a sense of what daily life is like there - and of the basics it needs just to operate - everything from water to a generator. Individuals who would like to make a tax deductible donation to the orphanage may do so via a link to AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Network For Good.

More information is available at www.participate.net.

A Participant Productions press release
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