We Are Together (DVD Review)31 Aug, 2008 By: Holly J. Wagner
Anyone looking for a film brimming with family values could hardly do better than We Are Together. The story of the children of the Agape Children's Center in South Africa is an exercise in building hope from tragedy, told mainly through the eyes of the Moya family children.
Several of them live at the center, an orphanage for youngsters whose parents died of AIDS. The eldest children live in their family home, but only one sister has a job and it's not enough to provide for all the little ones. Eldest brother Sifiso is too sick to work, and we know why, even as the younger siblings hope it isn't so.
The hope for their future lies in Agape, where they sing every day after school in the hope of making a CD and traveling to London to raise money for the orphanage.
Their songs illustrate the role of singing in South African tribal life, but also the roots of gospel music all over the world.
Life — and death — go on around them. Slindile Moya, 12, is credited as a co-writer on the film and has one of the strongest and most beautiful singing voices in the group. Her insights help us understand the plight of 1.2 million AIDS orphans in South Africa.
Eventually American charity groups hear their beautiful harmonies and a year later make a trip to New York, where the children perform with Alicia Keys and Paul Simon.
The film makes it clear that these are the lucky ones, and at the end directs viewers to Web sites where they can buy the CD or make other contributions to ease the suffering in South Africa.