It’s sometimes difficult to reconcile the disparate experiences faced by people around the world. Consider the experience, for example, of a two-year-old baby girl left alone on a bamboo mat in a government orphanage in Northern Thailand. Infected with the aids virus, her medical chart reads: ‘Bploi wai dtaai.’ Leave her to die.
Leave Her to Die is a film that focuses on the issue of aids orphans in Thailand. Abandoned in government orphanages by their parents, these children are alone and helpless, save for the work of one extraordinary woman, Avis Rideout. Rideout is determined to save as many of these children as she can by simply giving them shelter, normal experience and love. If you’re not moved by this film, you might consider accounting. Partners: Think Positive Productions in association with Buck Productions (Toronto)
Wrapped: June 2008. To air on CBC and documentary in Canada beginning in October
Length: 49 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding Canada