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Wednesday, Sep 22 2010
People are evil. For example, (trauma trigger alert) in Zimbabwe, people believe raping virgins cures AIDS. Thus, the afflicted rape younger and younger girls, as demand grows, and now they're down to babies. If you can stand to hear any more, or to see five-year-olds who can barely walk due to the genital warts given them by their gang-bangers, you'll enjoy Tapestries of Hope. We're being sarcastic due to the horror; it's hard to know what else to do. Director Michealene Cristini Risley knew what to do -- instead of despairing, she made a documentary about activist Betty Makoni, whose Girl Child Network treats the raped girls. For her troubles the director was arrested, incarcerated, deported, and had her footage confiscated. She got it back, obviously, and if you want to see a film that the Zimbabwean Intelligence Office really doesn't want you to see, you'll appreciate, if not enjoy, Tapestries of Hope.
Tue., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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