The Children of the Noon


Saturday, Nov. 5 at 4:00pm

“The Children of the Noon” begins as a beautifully shot and composed observational work that quietly documents the goings-on at an orphanage in the Kenyan village of Nchiru. During its gentle first half, the film provides a discreet look into the orphans’ lives through a series of revealing vignettes that record their daily routine, sometimes impish behavior, and impoverished but loving environment. Eventually, however, the film shifts focus in dramatic fashion. When one of the kids becomes ill and dies, it’s revealed that the cause of his death — and the reason for the rest of the children’s orphan status — is AIDS: Their parents died from the virus, and the children are all infected. At this point, as the orphanage’s staff and young residents grapple with the death and mourn at the funeral, the film pivots to become a gripping and almost unbearably moving exploration of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Kenya specifically and Africa generally. In an especially affecting sequence, a group of the HIV-positive orphans discuss their understanding of HIV/AIDS and touchingly outline their future hopes.

107 min.
English & Swahili

Directed by

Diego Fiori & Olga Pohankova

Film Category

Interfaith Competition International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight
With an intro and post-film discussion by scholar Joya Uraizee (Saint Louis U. associate professor of English).

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with

How Far I Want To Go

How Far I Want to Go

David Hutchinson

Love, pain, and the meaning of life, as told by former Kenyan street children.

11 min.