Little Heaven

Tuesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Free Admission


Part of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, featuring free screenings of provocative new features and documentaries paired with post-film discussions!

Screening venue: Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 North Stone , Tucson, AZ 85701

This program is made possible by the Tucson Pima Arts Council with additional funding from the Arizona Humanities Council and the UA School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


"A quietly affecting documentary ... its unwavering focus dispels any lurking sentimentality ... oddly upbeat." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety


"HIV is like somebody living in my body without paying rent. I don't know him and I don't like him." —Lydia, 13, Little Heaven Orphanage, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Lydia is at a turning point in her life. We experience life through Lydia’s expressive face and reflective diary entries, her daily routines at the Little Heaven orphanage for children living with HIV, her conversations with other children there, her doctors’ appointments, and her exercise, study, and prayer. Despite being abandoned by their families or left alone when their parents died, the children form a new family, together with their caretakers. Their HIV status is always in the background, but small victories show us a life that is full of hope­, not despair.


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(Lieven Corthouts, 2011, Belgium, 70 min., Not Rated) Digital Presentation


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