MADONNA’S NEW DOCUMENTARY ON CHILDREN ORPHANED BY AIDS
Singer Madonna has a new documentary with a subject which hits close to home. The documentary is titled I Am Because We Are, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year; the film focuses on the suffering of Malawian children whose parents died of AIDS. As we all know,Madonna herself adopted David Banda, an AIDS orphan,not too long ago.
“I was approached by a woman who lived there who said, ‘Look, you have children; you’re a mother; you write children’s books; you donate money to children’s charities, so we know that you care. There’s a state of emergency going on here, over a million children orphaned by AIDS. People pay attention to what you do and what you say, so could you please help?’ I just thought, ‘How can I say no?'”
What was it like to film in Africa?
“When I experienced what was going on first hand, I just got sucked into the whole thing. Thank God I did. I met some amazing people and, hopefully, I’ve changed the lives of a lot of children. Just as important, I think it’s been an incredible growing and learning experience for me. I think the film is really important because it’s not really just about what’s happening in Malawi, it’s really about the importance of how connected we all are, and how responsible we are for one another.”
Did you know it would give you another child?
“No, of course not. But I’ll never forget meeting my son, David. If I could, I would have adopted 10 more children. There’s just so many that need parents and one’s more beautiful and lovely than the next.”