We Are Together

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Paul Taylor’s remarkable documentary has a familiar narrative arc, following as it does the preparations, recording sessions and – ever postponed – final big gig of an amateur choir from Aids/HIV-ravaged South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

His resolutely non-sentimental, carefully balanced, edited and photographed movie, three years in the making, had its roots in a fund-raising mission for the choristers’ orphanage. But he transcends his brief by virtue of his patient, sensitive interviewing style and the evident trust he builds up, providing an intimate portrait of the textures and rhythms of extended-family life (that of the Moya family) in the crisis-ridden South Africa hinterlands.

Most remarkable is the raw emotion he captures, noticeably in a series of close-ups of the resourceful young orphans themselves, whose faces sing with feeling as much as their voices. This sympathy and attention, incidentally, brings out something more universal: the fundamental role music plays for people in ritual, communication, celebration and the assimilation of pain and suffering. A very moving film.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday March 7 2008
Duration: 82 mins

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Director: Paul Taylor
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JeremyKyle

This film is too good to be true, but its true. Writers literally could not invent a better storyline than what actually happens in this documentary. Beautiful and enchanting and excellent. No matter how much of a bastard you are, this film will bring a tear to your eye. Words cannot describe how brilliant it is. I love them all. I give nothing to charity and i'm officially a horrible twat. After seeing this i went home and bought the CD on amazon despite having the torrent link waiting. And that wasn't out of guilt. I just love them. The music is bloody amazing as well. I love it. See this.