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The Hospice

Life 4 - The Hospice
The Mother of Mercy Hospice on the edge of the capital, Lusaka, was the first of its kind in Zambia. 'Our idea was just to build a simple shelter so people can die with dignity,' says Sister Leonia. 200 people a day in Zambia die from HIV/AIDS. Because controlling HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest challenges world health experts face, all the member countries of the United Nations have pledged to 'reverse' the spread of the disease as one of the UN's Millennium Development Goals - a global ambition the international community hopes to achieve by 2015. This Life film follows the work of the staff and volunteers at the Mother of Mercy hospice and in the surrounding villages. The courage of patients, the resilience and despair of the staff and the dignity of how they all deal with the almost daily ritual of death combine to give a poignant account of the human face of AIDS in modern Africa.

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Main credits

Bush, Tanvir (film producer)
Bisgaard, Kasper (film director)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Bower, Dick (film producer)
Bidstrup, Jens (editor of moving image work)
Andoh, Adjoa (narrator)

Other credits

Executive producer, Brenda Kelly; series producer, Dick Bower; editor, Jens Bidstrup.

Docuseek subjects

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Death And Dying
Developing World
Global Issues
Millennium Development Goals
United Nations


HIV, AIDS, HIV/AIDS, Zambia, Africa, African Studies, UN, United Nations, Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, Lusaka, health, healthcare; "The Hospice"; Bullfrog Films