December 1, 2010
A 12-year-old child in South Africa is struggling to hold her life and family together against extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Her mother is sick with AIDS, and her father has long since disappeared from their lives. Her stepfather is a pathetic alcoholic. They are poor but they get little support or sympathy from their neighborhood because most view her mother’s disease as a punishment from God. A village elder decides to help by removing the child’s sick mother from the village, but the girl refuses to be separated from her mother. The girl struggles against the ignorances, prejudices and grim economic realities faced by many black people of South Africa.