PILI [TANZANIA], THU 21 MARCH, 8PM

By January 24, 2018 archive, Season 20 Films

Two screenings, at 6pm and 8pm.  Box office for first screening opens at 5:30pm.

The result of a ground-breaking collaboration with the women of Tanzania: 65% of the cast of non-actors are HIV positive. Both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, it’s an authentic view of their hard lives.

Pili is a young woman who provides for her two small children by tilling the local fields. Her husband has deserted her because she has a HIV condition that she keeps secret from the rest of her small community. Pili dreams of a better life for her family, so when she is offered the chance to take over a village market stall, she desperately tries to raise the cash for the required deposit.

Set and filmed in Tanzania, Leanne Welham’s debut feature is the result of a ground-breaking collaboration with the women of Miono, Tanzania, with 65% of the cast of non-actors being themselves HIV positive. Heartwarming and heartwrenching, Pili provides an honest, authentic view of Tanzanian life.

A young mother faces difficult decisions when offered the chance of a better life in Leanne Welham’s thoughtful drama. – The Guardian ★★

HIV positive cast star in a film shining a light on the struggles of Tanzanian women living with HIV.The Telegraph

With a compassionate and imaginative boldness, first-time British feature director Leanne Welham has shot a film about HIV in Tanzania. A drama that arose from what was originally a documentary project, Pili uses mostly non-professionals, many in just the same situation as their characters.The Guardian  ★★

Tanzania, 2017 | Language: Swahili | 83 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Leanne Welham

Cast: Bello Rashid, Sekujua Rashid, Mwanaidi Omari Sefi, Sesilia Florian Kilimila, Siwazurio Mchuka, N’kwabi Elias Ng’andgasamala