Angels in the Dust screens at Kepler’s on Sept. 17

by Linda Hubbard on September 14, 2011

The documentary film Angels in the Dust will be shown at Kepler’s on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm. It tells the story of Marion Cloete, a university-trained therapist who, along with her husband and two daughters,  walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to establish Boikarabelo (formerly Botshabelo), an extraordinary village and school that provide shelter, food, and education to more than 550 South African children. Tickets are $12 in advance; $16 at the door.

The tale of Marion and the orphans she cares for is echoed in a dramatic parallel saga of the orphaned elephants of Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa. The longtime government practice of culling — killing adult elephants to control herd sizes — tore apart the complex social fabric of elephant culture. As a result, orphaned elephants grew up exhibiting unusually violent behavior, such as attacking and goring rhinos. But elder elephants were recently introduced into the Pilanesberg population to re-socialize the young. The experiment is working, and it offers a resonant reflection of the healing taking place for the human children being “re-parented” by Marion at Boikarabelo.

Dr. Wendy Leonard, an HIV specialist, Dr. Leonard will talk about her work in Africa and do a Q & A with the audience at the end of the film.

The screen is sponsored by Kepler’s and Cinema Connect, which helps organizations, venues and individuals create recurring community screenings that connect audiences with compelling films and a shared experience.


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