Screened as part of NZIFF 2007

We Are Together 2006

Thina simunye

Directed by Paul Taylor

Remarkable, moving documentary following a choir of mostly AIDS orphans from the Agape Orphanage in South Africa on their determined quest to sing in London. Spirited and uplifting.

UK In English and Zulu with English subtitles
86 minutes DigiBeta

Director, Photography


Paul Taylor
Slindile Moya


Hirakubo Masahiro
Ollie Huddleston


Dario Marianelli


Amsterdam Documentary 2006; Tribeca 2007

Filmed over three years at the agape orphanage in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, this is the remarkable and moving story of a group of children who channel their hardship and loss into beautiful singing. Twelve-year-old Slindile, her siblings and most of her friends at the Agape Orphanage have lost their parents to AIDS, but when they lift their voices in song something extraordinary happens. Their dream is to take their choir to London for a series of fundraising concerts. As they train for what they hope will be their big break, their determination and indomitable spirit of resilience is challenged by a series of setbacks. Slindile and her siblings are hit with particularly devastating news – their oldest brother Sifiso, who has been sick for months, has AIDS. With unforgettable kids, soaring music and a plot full of surprises, We Are Together succeeds as a stirring and uplifting documentary. Thanks to the generosity of the filmmakers, part of the proceeds from our screenings will go directly to help the children of Agape. — Bianca Zander