Saint Louis University is a sponsor of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and will serve as a venue for a number of film screenings. All events are free and open to the public.
“The Children of the Noon” will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Center for Global Citizenzhip auditorium.
About the film:
Diego Fiori & Olga Pohankova, Kenya/Austria, 2016, 107 mm.
“The Children of the Noon” begins as a beautifully shot and composed observational work that quietly documents the goings-on at an orphanage in the Kenyan village of Nchiru. During its gentle first half, the film provides a discreet look into the orphans’ lives through a series of revealing vignettes that record their daily routine, sometimes impish behavior, and impoverished but loving environment. Eventually, however, the film shifts focus in dramatic fashion. When one of the kids becomes ill and dies, it’s revealed that the cause of his death - and the reason for the rest of the children’s orphan status - is AIDS: Their parents died from the virus, and the children are all infected. At this point, as the orphanage’s staff and young residents grapple with the death and mourn at the funeral, the film pivots to become a gripping and almost unbearably moving exploration of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Kenya specifically and Africa generally. In an especially affecting sequence, a group of the HIV-positive orphans discuss their understanding of HIV/AIDS and touchingly outline their future hopes. With the short “How Far I Want to Go” (David Hutchinson, Kenya/U.S., 2016, 11 mm.): Love, pain, and the meaning of life, as told by former Kenyan street children.