The film follows five unlikely friends who overcome rejection, near death, and ongoing stigma to defy expectations by living with HIV for over 15 years. Through the prism of their friendship, the film explores the struggle of living with HIV in an ever-changing South Africa, considers how people find hope in adversity, and emphasizes the need to change the negative ways that societies respond to an incurable disease. Positively Beautiful is a universal story of triumph, and of friendship’s powerful ability to help overcome life’s greatest challenges.
NEWS: GRAMMY WINNER SUPPORTS POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL
POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL is thrilled to announce that Grammy award winner Soweto Gospel Choir has generously contributed the use of their music in our film.
Soweto Gospel Choir was founded in November 2002 and within a few months reached No. 1 in the Billboard charts for World Music. They received numerous awards around the world, including an American Gospel Music Award, following the debut of their first album, “Voices of Heaven”. In the United States, they have appeared on a number of talk shows including “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, the “Today Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.
In 2007, Soweto Gospel Choir won their first Grammy for their album, “Blessed”. Since then they have been nominated 3 more times, winning a second Grammy in 2008. They have collaborated and performed with many world artists, including Josh Groban, Celine Dion, South African sensation Zahara, and classical violinist Andre Rieu. They collaborated with Peter Gabriel on the Oscar nominated song, “Down to Earth” from the movie Wall-E and became the first South African artists to perform at the 2009 Academy Awards.
Soweto Gospel Choir collaborated with U2 in 2010 as the featured South African artist on U2’s songs “Streets Have No Name”, “Magnificent” and “Boots” for ESPN’s promotional campaign for the 2010 World Cup. This led to a Sports Emmy Award for all three songs in 2011.
We are excited and grateful that Soweto Gospel Choir is supporting POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL. In addition to being a world-renowned choir, they are actively involved in HIV and AIDS work. They have an AIDS orphans foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani in South Africa. We are honored to be able to include their incredible music in our film. Visit their website for more details about the group.
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NEWS: Afro-soul music sensation Berita supports POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL
Afro-soul music sensation Berita Khumalo is partnering with POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL! Berita joins Grammy Winning Soweto Gospel Choir in generously contributing her music to the soundtrack of our feature documentary about life and love in the age of HIV in South Africa.
Zimbabwe born Berita moved to South Africa to study at Walter Sisulu Univeristy in the Eastern Cape Province. Her album, “The Conquering Spirit” has been exceptionally well received. Berita won the Best African Pop Album of the year a the Metro FM awards, one of South Africa’s major music awards event.
Her song Thandolwethu (Our Love) is currently Berita’s number one single in South Africa. Berita writes her own music and sings in Xhosa, Ndebele, Shona and English.
Visit her website www.beritaafrosoul.com for more details about Berita.
Reverend Mpho Tutu joins our Team
The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu, an Episcopal priest, is the founder and Executive Director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer & Pilgrimage. With her father, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, she has authored the recently published book, “Made for Goodness”. Reverend Tutu joins our team as an Advisory Board member. Read her full bio