- 03:19 AM, Feb 04
"Angels in Exile" is an intimate character-driven journey that looks past the violent and often graphic images of homeless youth to see them for what they are-children. In the face of constant violence, rape, trafficking abductions and murder, two street children of Durban, South Africa seemingly have no way out, turn to huffing glue, theft, dealing drugs and prostitution. However, there is hope through two former street children who attempt to help. Ultimately, they put the decisions in the kids' hands, leaving it up to them to save themselves from such an existence. Director Billy Raftery embeds himself where most wouldn't stop at a red light. Eight years in the making, this documentary focuses on two inspiring children, Zulieka and Ariel. A witness to their entire adolescence, we observe their fight to survive not only the dangers around them, but also the haunting memories of the past that led them to run to the streets in the first place.