(TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL/ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL/IDA
When 28-year-old Mutinta Mweemba first shares all the hopes and dreams she once nurtured as a child, her aspirations seem no different from those of many other young women around the world. She dreams of meeting and falling in love with a handsome man, being married and raising children and hopefully one day providing those children with a better life than her own.
But Mutinta's dreams were never realized. Her soft-spoken husband came with
two other wives, and the remote Zambian village that she calls home is being
ravaged by a deadly epidemic – HIV/AIDS.
Set against the backdrop of today's most devastating plague, THE CARRIER
is a stunning portrait of both a family and a community, caught in a desperate
struggle to emancipate their next generation from HIV/AIDS. As all the adults in
her marriage, including Mutinta, soon discover that they too are afflicted with HIV, tensions within the household threaten to tear her family apart and the fragile love between a husband and wife finds itself challenged. All the while and as Mutinta also learns that she's become pregnant again, her quest to the save her baby from her disease, becomes the family's last hope for redemption.
In its unique visual and lyrical style, THE CARRIER is a story of hope and renewal, of love and dignity, told through the eyes of an increasingly determined young heroine who refuses to be overwhelmed by the forces that surround her. It is an inspiring and emotional testament to today's modern Africa struggling to persevere and overcome what has happened to their world.
“With uncommon composure, debut documentary filmmaker Margaret delicately crafts an astute depiction of difficult lives in the middle of an epidemic.”
– Logan Hill, New York Magazine
“A rare film that’s rewarding not only because it’s enriching, but because it’s
– Stephen Saito, IFC.com
- Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek International Editor
2011 Nomination, IDA Humanitas Award
2011 Winner, Audience Award, Lone Star International Film Festival
Written, Produced & Directed by: Maggie Betts
Produced by: Ben Selkow
Executive Producer: Roland Betts
Edited by: Flavia de Souza
Cinematography by: Kathryn Westergaard
Producers: Joedan Okun and Benjamin Prager
Consulting Editor: Geeta Gandbhir
Original Music by: Daniel Miller and David Della Santa
Field Producer: Mutinta Chiseko
Sound Mixer: David Hocs
Assistant Camera: Cameron Dingwall and Caroline Pender
Associate Producer: Joedan Okun