I Am Because We Are

“I am because we are” is one translation for the term Umbutu (one of my favorite words, see 10/3/08 post).  Last spring I had the opportunity of hearing Philippe Van Denbossche, Executive Director of Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi speak about the film at the Unite for Sight conference. The film held special meaning as I rotated at Queen Elizabeth’s, featured in the film, and spent time working with Dr. Borg (interviewed in the film) as well.  While Madonna’s son was adopted from an orphanage near Lilongwe, the Malawian orphanage that will always hold a special place in my heart is Open Arms.  Many an afternoon was spent playing with the sweet kids there.

In addition to Madonna’s narration, she lined up an *all star* cast with interviews byDr. Jeffrey Sachs, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Matthews Chikaonda. A Tribeca Film Festival review summed up the movie by saying, “the film is a testament to human interconnectivity and social responsibility-a call to action wrapped in a well crafted and visually beautiful film.”  The film is now available on Hulu.  Check out the trailer below:

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were –John F. Kennedy



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