EMPATHY IN AFRICA

FRIDAY  May 31, 2024 3:00pm

AMC MAGIC JOHNSON THEATER

  • EMPATHY IN AFRICA
  • Director: Dan McDougal
  • WORLD Premiere
  • SOUTH AFRICA, 2023,  10 min
  • Category: Documentary

SYNOPSIS

Diepsloot township, in Johannesburg, South Africa, is known for its high crime, overcrowding and limited access to basic resources — but within it exists an oasis that is bringing hope to the community. The Rhiza Babuyile Clinic, founded in 2022, is Diepsloot’s first private brick and mortar healthcare facility, offering basic care and reducing inequities for the people of the township. Before the clinic opened, long waiting times and high costs discouraged people from seeking medical attention. “Empathy in Africa” follows three women empowered by the clinic — a patient and two healthcare workers – who personify resilience in the face of tremendous obstacles and are reaching for a more hopeful future.

LOGLINE
“Empathy in Africa” follows three women in the Diepsloot township of Johannesburg, South Africa — a patient and two healthcare workers — who personify resilience in the face of tremendous obstacles and are reaching for a more hopeful future with the opening of the area’s first health clinic.

Dan McDougall

Dan McDougall is a global filmmaker and an award-winning director. He recently won best director award at the Barcelona Film Festival for his film on climate change for Guardian Documentaries which also won best short film at The Munich Film Awards and The Stockholm Independent Film Festival.

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