|Writers||Robert Bilheimer (writer)
|Cast||Glenn Close Will Smith|
|Plot||This documentary examines the world AIDS crisis. The camera travels to Africa, where infections overwhelm the public health system and orphans face their own deaths, central Europe, where drug users spread the disease via shared needles, India, where husbands infect wives, and to the U.S., where grass-roots efforts in places like Kansas City confront cultural stereotypes. Interviews include patients, doctors, nurses, the Dalai Lama, and Kofi Annan. The film's tone is compassionate and urgent, the statistics overwhelming. The message: the AIDS epidemic, history's worst, continues.... see A Closer Walk on IMDb|
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|A Closer Walk is the first film to depict humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic. Reviewing A Closer Walk Jack Garner, Chief Film Critic of the Gannett News Service, wrote: "This is an artful motion picture and a beautifully told story of human suffering that inspires hope and action. This film rates a '10', a must-see film if ever there was one." Also reviewing A Closer Walk, Robert Butler of the Kansas City Star wrote: "This is one of the most artful, heartrending and inspirational documentaries I have ever seen. It has the potential to actually change lives. Its real power comes from the way the filmmaker understands human psychology." Directed, written, and produced by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, A Closer Walk explores the intricate relationship between health, dignity, and human rights, and shows how the harsh realities of AIDS in the world are an expressions of the way the world is. The film features interviews with prominent individuals from all walks of life including The Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, and Bono; stories, portraits, and vignettes of children, women, and men living with AIDS on four continents; and breathtaking cinematography by Richard D. Young that celebrates human dignity, even as it bears witness to immense human suffering. The film also includes an original musical score, and contributions by artists including Annie Lennox, the Neville Brothers, Dido, Eric Clapton, Moby, Geoffrey Oryema, and Sade. .|
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