Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  40 minutes
Date:  2009
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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Montana de Luz

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The children of the Montana de Luz orphanage in Honduras are HIV positive, and a living testament to the beauty and innocence of childhood. This is a stirring portrait of a loving community.

Montana de Luz

On a Honduran mountainside overlooking vast fields of sugar cane, a six-year-old boy named Marlon dreams of becoming an artist. Twelve-year-old Inri dreams of attending university. Little Yorleni simply dreams of having a family. Meet the children of the Montana de Luz orphanage, their lives a living testament to the beauty and innocence of childhood in the face of adversity beyond their years. With artistry and honesty, the camera paints a stirring portrait of a loving community where nothing is truly certain but home, and where each birthday is a celebration of dreams fulfilled and dreams to come.

Honduras has the highest rate of AIDS in Central America, and its saddest victims are children and youth. Born to women who are HIV positive, they not only bear the burden of the disease themselves, but many will soon be orphaned, often abandoned to the streets. At Montana de Luz (Mountain of Light) they find love, care, education, companionship and most importantly a place where they will not be scorned and discriminated against. At one time the project was thought of as a hospice, where most residents would eventually die, but new anti-retroviral medications mean that these children have a future. The building that was once planned to be the morgue is now a busy and happy computer center.

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Awards

** North American Premiere, Rhode Island
** International Film Festival
** Crystal Heart, Heartland Film Festival
** Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
** Women in Film Festival, Vancouver
** Whistler Film Festival, Canada

Citation

Main credits

Leahy, Matthew (film director)
Leahy, Matthew (film producer)
Leahy, Matthew (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Editor, Matthew Leahy; cinematography by Elisa Stone; music by Peter La Grand.


Distributor credits

Elisa Stone

By Matthew Leahy

Elisa Stone
By Matthew Leahy
Noonday Films

Docuseek2 subjects

AIDS
Maternal and Child Health
Honduras

Distributor subjects

AIDS Caregivers
Adolescence
Central America
Closed Captioned
Cross-Cultural Issues
Death and Dying
Fanlight Collection
HIV/AIDS
Healthcare
Healthcare History and Policy
Honduras
Latin American Studies
Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work

Keywords

Film; Video; DVD; Documentary; HIV; AIDS; orphanage; children; childhood; Central America; education; anti-retroviral; medication; "Montana de Luz"; The Fanlight Collection

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