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Press Release
A Matter of Hope documentary film due for release
• Short synopsis:
‘A Matter of Hope’ looks at the effects of HIV/AIDS in a black township in the rainbow nation of South
Africa and the work of a Christian charity that tries to help those afflicted by the disease.

• Long synopsis:
'A Matter of Hope' is a documentary, by first-time filmmaker Harry Fear, about South Africa’s HIV/
AIDS epidemic and the work of a Christian charity in a black township in the country’s Northern Cape
province that seeks to help those afflicted by the disease.
The film documents the ‘Valley of Hope’ charity’s work, shows those that it tries to help, and
describes the socioeconomic context in which it operates.
The charity’s main project is to provide so-called ‘food parcels’ to those who are worst hit by the disease
and living in poverty. It also runs four community gardens that additionally allow for the provision of
fresh produce to those worst affected by the epidemic.
The Valley of Hope project in South Africa was established in 2006 and is part of St. Paul’s
Anglican church in the parish of Mothibistad in the Northern Cape province. St. Paul’s has a formal
friendship link with the Icknield Benefice (that comprises of four parishes) in Oxfordshire, England. The
Benefice in England financially supports the organisation in Mothibistad. As part of this friendship link
visits are made between South Africa and England.

• Technical details:
Runtime: 70 minutes
Format: Widescreen (16:9); Colour
Language: English (partially subtitled)
Sound: Original stereo
Certificate: Exempt from classification
Genre: Documentary
DVD: PAL; region 2; release date 21/06/2010

Brief history
In late 2009 the Icknield Benefice’s Valley of Hope Committee in England asked Harry Fear, an up and
coming filmmaker, to make a documentary about the Valley of Hope’s work.

Harry Fear made the film voluntarily in a few hundred hours. The film was researched in February 2010
and filmed in March during a trip to South Africa. It was written and edited in April and May.

The film’s first screening is on its première evening on 20 June 2010. The DVD is released on the following

• Harry Fear, film maker: 07500 114 294; mail@harryfear.co.uk
• Christopher Evans, première organiser and DVD distributor: 01491 612494; cievans@aol.com
• Official movie website: http://www.amatterofhopemovie.com

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