EFP Cannes
22 September 2017

BARBARA’S HUG

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BARBARA’S  HUG (L' abbraccio di Barbara)

BARBARA’S  HUG (L' abbraccio di Barbara)

original title:

L' ABBRACCIO DI BARBARA

directed by:

cast:

Barbara Hofmann

production:

country:

Italy

year:

2005

film run:

53' 50"

format:

Digi Beta Pal - colour

aspect ratio:

4/3

sound:

Stereo

status:

Ready (12/07/2005)

festival & awards:

More than a thousand of them call her "auntie" or "mamma". Barbara Hofmann has been in Mozambique for them for over fifteen years. Her life in Switzerland was totally different with ordinary dreams and projects, but she was unable to leave all these children after she had met them, because she realized that she could not wipe them out of her mind and heart, simply by catching a plane. All of them are orphans of the war or AIDS and lived a terrible story. They come from hell and are in need of food, a bed under a roof, medical care and, if possible, schooling. Perhaps, most of all, they need love. Without waiting for help from institutions slowed down by bureaucracy, she dedicated herself to the "meninos" and fought to offer them the possibility of emerging from the horrors of war with dignity. This "angel of today", instead of wings, uses a motorcycle and has no room for sanctimonious words but fights a very difficult daily battle.