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Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has often concerned himself with children striving to make the best of difficult circumstances, and this documentary finds him capturing a real-life corollary to the fictional tales of his best-known work. At the request of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development, Kiarostami traveled to Africa to make a film about the work of the Uganda Women's Effort to Save Orphans, a volunteer group established to provide food, shelter, and care for the more than one-and-a-half-million children left to fend for themselves in a nation torn… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Will do nothing to advance or detract from the reputation of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The you-are-there style ultimately enhances ABC Africa's ability to get inside the soul of Uganda, and of the viewer."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Despite the locale, ABC Africa is both new and familiar for those who know Kiarostami, and it's a great introduction for those who don't."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"An upbeat personal film telling in an amiable touristy way the story of the Ugandan orphans."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"So muddled, repetitive and ragged that it says far less about the horrifying historical reality than about the filmmaker's characteristic style."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A gorgeous and surprisingly profound meditation on a place and its people."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A movie of seemingly limpid transparency and tremendous, understated compassion."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Unexpectedly humane and lovely and not at all preachy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Very much a home video, and so devoid of artifice and purpose that it appears not to have been edited at all."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"There are more shots of children smiling for the camera than typical documentary footage which hurts the overall impact of the film. It's makes a better travelogue than movie."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Kiarostami has crafted a deceptively casual ode to children and managed to convey a tiny sense of hope."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The people in ABC Africa are treated as docile, mostly wordless ethnographic extras."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"There is a sense here of an encroaching darkness humbly met, unburdened by one-note feelings such as fear or joy and simply experienced as a profound moment of enlightenment."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"Kiarostami profoundly displays Uganda's life and culture through his touristy pictures, as deceptively simple as the alphabet"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"ABC Africa, with its impressionistic style, doesn't provide much in the way of facts ... but it does provide glimpses of the dying."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
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