Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sons of Lwala (2009)

Marcia Powdermaker alerted us to this extraordinary documentary. Sons of Lwala is the story of Milton and Fred Ochieng’, two brothers from Kenya, whose village sent them to America to become doctors. After losing both parents to AIDS they are left with a heartbreaking task: to return home and finish the health clinic their father dreamed of starting before getting sick. Unable to raise enough money on their own, the brothers are joined by students, politicians, and a Christian rock band who launch a fund raising drive among young people across the United States. Sons of Lwala follows Milton and Fred on their incredible journey from Kenya, to Dartmouth, to Vanderbilt Medical School as they find a way, despite all odds, to open their village’s first hospital. (2009)

I bought the film from the website -- and it is well worth the $15. The story is similar to that described by Tracy Kidder in "Strength in What Remains."

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