Critical Acclaim

Critical Acclaim for Angels in the Dust

The documentary Angels in the Dust – which inspired the founding of the OBC – has screened at film festivals around the world and has left no audience unmoved. Below is what some critics had to say after seeing this often harrowing portrayal of life as an African AIDS orphan in Africa.

It’s not just children whom Marion Cloete and her family are rescuing in the de facto orphanage and school they’ve set up in rural South Africa, but childhood itself for these pint-size refugees from rape, child prostitution, hunger and — above all — an AIDS epidemic that’s killing by the hundreds of thousands.
L.A. Weekly Movie Critics Pick of the Week

Nothing short of wondrous.
Sara Cardace, New York Magazine

Cry if you must-then go to and do something.
Ella Taylor, Village Voice

The children’s painful, intimate stories humanize an incalculable crisis and will haunt audiences long after the film’s end.
Critics’ Pick, Laura Kern, New York Times

A moving, stunning example of unadorned filmmaking.
Neely Tucker, Washington Post

It thoughtfully illuminates a seemingly unsolvable problem while proving that one person really can make a difference.
Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

Writer-director Louise Hogarth shrinks an enormous issue down to human terms.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

One of the most staggeringly straightforward looks at death I’ve ever seen. The movie’s grace note is its subtlety.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Audiences will be drawn by the children’s irresistible spirits and by Cloete’s fierce blend of goodness and outrage.
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

An inspiring portrait of a saint battling for the lives of the sick and forsaken in a frightened and superstitious world.
Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Angels in the Dust shows that compassion is a form of bravery.
Marc Mohan, Oregonian

An important, enormously emotional film….the director explores a marginalized world that few filmmakers have ever entered and she should be applauded for helping to expose one of society’s greatest ongoing tragedies.
Gary Goldstein, REEL.COM 

Watching Marion Cloete’s compassion, wisdom and practicality in the face of unimaginable misery will provide purpose and courage and adrenalin for everyone with their own struggles, big and small.
Nicole V. Gagné, Film Journal International