In the film I Am Because We Are, Madonna reflects on cultural traditions and antiquated laws fueling Malawi’s epidemic number of AIDS patients and orphans:
“On the one hand you could come to Malawi and say, ‘wow,’ these people are so caught up in these traditions that are thousands of years old. If only they could understand what I understand, and then they could fix everything. But on the other hand, there are so many things I’d never want to change. The people who live here are amazing. In spite of all the hardships and devastation, they have a sense of community and extended family that I haven’t seen anywhere else. You walk down the street and wave to people and smile and there’s this sense of humanity that you don’t get when you drive down a street in Beverly Hills, when you drive down Central Park West or Park Lane. You don’t see that kind of joy. You don’t see that kind of happiness.
So who’s right?”
I Am Because We Are, produced, written, and narrated by Madonna, directed by Nathan Rissman, and featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Paul Farmer, Bill Clinton, and Jeffrey Sachs. http://www.iambecauseweare.com/