Madonna does Malawi

Rebecca Jacobson
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No matter your opinion on the Material Girl, Madonna’s documentary “I Am Because We Are” is one of few films you’ll find about Malawi. The documentary examines HIV/AIDS in Malawi, focusing on the country’s one million orphans. Though hampered by a meandering focus and Madonna’s melodramatic narration (sample line: “People always ask me why I chose Malawi. I didn’t. It chose me.”), the film offers a decent introduction to the epidemic. Big names such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, and Paul Farmer provide commentary, and high-quality footage and a handful of stirring scenes make it worth the 90-minute investment. Even better, you can screen the film for free on Hulu or YouTube.


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