Taking Away the Distance: A Young Orphan's Journey and the AIDS Epidemic in Africa Crusade to Unite Children Orphaned by the Eby Miles Roston
In this emotional story of hope and inspiration, an African boy, orphaned by AIDS becomes a catalyst for AIDS orphans worldwide. Living in a shantytown in Kenya, Kevin Sumba's life was one of loneliness and hardship. Yet he was determined to get an education. Miles Roston, a documentary filmmaker, first met Kevin while making a film on AIDS orphans. He found that this… See more details below
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In this emotional story of hope and inspiration, an African boy, orphaned by AIDS becomes a catalyst for AIDS orphans worldwide. Living in a shantytown in Kenya, Kevin Sumba's life was one of loneliness and hardship. Yet he was determined to get an education. Miles Roston, a documentary filmmaker, first met Kevin while making a film on AIDS orphans. He found that this particular boy touched his heart in a way he hadn't anticipated. Together, they set out to answer "Kevin's Questions" about the AIDS epidemic and more specifically, Kevin's situation. Taking Away the Distance takes us on a singular journey, as powerful policymakers and those working at a grassroots level deal with the direct, and at times confronting, questions of one boy. Along the way, we also meet people directly impacted by the epidemic and face their lives heroically: from children surviving homelessness on Nairobi's streets to a mother on her deathbed whose only thought is how to care for the children she will leave behind. As Kevin and Roston form a bond of love and respect, each learning from the other, we discover just how much our own lives can change if we dare to help.
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The Emmy-nominated Miles Roston is a writer and director of films, his most recent being the documentaries Make It Real (to me) for the Sundance Channel, and 14 Million Dreams. Both films dealt with the AIDS epidemic in Africa and its effect on children. Currently he is at work writing and directing a major motion picture, a fable dealing with children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.
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Beyond the statistics. Beyond the stereotypes. Miles Roston introduces us to a real kid - Kevin - and the real life challenges facing children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world. Kevin is a courageous young man who continued to go school after both his parents died. Roston, a filmmaker, transitions into the role of a humanitarian as he learns more about Kevin's courage and desperate attempt to live a full life. Roston who understands the global HIV/AIDs leadership dynamics realizes the urgency of ensuring that the children are protected and guaranteed a future. Roston's frustration with slow actions gives him the courage to give Kevin a louder voice in the world. Plus, Roston fulfills Kevin dream of going to medical school. Imagine if more children asked world leaders for the truth on HIV/AIDS and what really is being done to help entire communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. Imagine if more people 'adopted' one orphan and ensured that the child had an education and a future. The world would certainly be a better place. Read 'Taking Away the Distance' and see what one little kid in Kenya inspired in a filmmaker from New York City.