Thing With No Name

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An intimate portrait of two HIV+ Zulu women in rural South Africa, their struggle to survive, and the clash of tradition with treatment in a growing, yet unspoken epidemic.The universal aspects of motherhood and the struggle to survive are explored through the womens’ lives: Danisile’s strained relationship with her teenage daughter, who secretly fears becoming one of South Africa’s AIDS orphans, and the traditional Zulu ceremonies that Ntombeleni’s family holds to combat her illness. Illustrating the bittersweet reality of the situation, through both the miracle of survival and the tragedy of falling victim to an overwhelmed medical system, Thing With No Name reveals the private and public obstacles that led to an out of control epidemic. While the harrowing reality of the disease is offset by the gorgeous natural surroundings and the quiet humor of these resilient women, the film pays witness to a strength of will undone by a lack of resources and support, while it urgently makes the case for a more hopeful future.

Filmmakers: Esy Casey and Sarah Friedland

"[This] understated, well-composed documentary contrasts the beauty of the land and the strength of its women with the inexorable advance of the pandemic." –Variety

"Friedland's [first feature] film boasts the intimate restraint of a seasoned filmmaker, supporting itself with beautiful cinematography and the power of humanity." –indieWIRE

"Undeniably beautiful to look at and powerfully poetic." – Karina Longworth for Spout

"Friedland explores the humanity surrounding an astounding epidemic."–MTV

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Thing With No Name

An intimate portrait of two HIV+ Zulu women in rural South Africa, their struggle to survive, and the clash of tradition with treatment in a growing, yet unspoken epidemic.The universal aspects of motherhood and the struggle to survive are explored through the womens’ lives: Danisile’s strained relationship with her teenage daughter, who secretly fears becoming one of South Africa’s AIDS orphans, and the traditional Zulu ceremonies that Ntombeleni’s family holds to combat her illness. Illustrating the bittersweet reality of the situation, through both the miracle of survival and the tragedy of falling victim to an overwhelmed medical system, Thing With No Name reveals the private and public obstacles that led to an out of control epidemic. While the harrowing reality of the disease is offset by the gorgeous natural surroundings and the quiet humor of these resilient women, the film pays witness to a strength of will undone by a lack of resources and support, while it urgently makes the case for a more hopeful future.

Filmmakers: Esy Casey and Sarah Friedland

"[This] understated, well-composed documentary contrasts the beauty of the land and the strength of its women with the inexorable advance of the pandemic." –Variety

"Friedland's [first feature] film boasts the intimate restraint of a seasoned filmmaker, supporting itself with beautiful cinematography and the power of humanity." –indieWIRE

"Undeniably beautiful to look at and powerfully poetic." – Karina Longworth for Spout

"Friedland explores the humanity surrounding an astounding epidemic."–MTV

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