A Grandmother's Tribe
"There was a need to tell this story because these people were voiceless. There was nobody to speak for them."
Felix Masi, Founder, Voiceless Children
The documentary, A Grandmother’s Tribe began as a personal challenge. Would it be possible to create a film that was independently funded by a community of supporters and could it, in turn, benefit a challenged community of strangers?
The impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has devastated the “parent generation” of sub-Saharan Africa. There are now more than 13 million AIDS-orphaned children in the region and the number is growing. It is estimated that grandmothers are raising 50% of orphaned children. In quiet and selfless ways, these elder women have taken on the burden of housing, feeding and educating the future of Africa and yet their efforts remain largely unnoticed by international aid organizations.
A Grandmother’s Tribe was directed by Dean Easterbrook & Qiujing Wong (Borderless Productions)
Duration: 54 minutes (incl credits)
World Premiere: 2007 DOCNZ International Documentary Film Festival (Special Mention, Best Medium Documentary)
North American Gala Premiere: VanCity Theatre (October 2007), Vancouver, Canada
The resulting 54-minute documentary, without narration, has provided a direct voice and connection between African grandmothers and the world. Their message of hope, courage and love creates a much-needed sense of humanity in the crisis, a message that is relevant on any continent.