We Are Together (PG)

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Paul Taylor, previously a volunteer worker at the Agape Orphanage in South Africa, returned there to make this documentary about its young residents, most of whom have lost their parents to Aids.

His focus is on 12-year-old Slindile, a sweet-faced girl who is the star of the orphanage choir that might be on its way to bigger things. Death, however, remains a constant, as Slindile's older brother Sifiso wastes away due to the virus. To criticise such a film feels like kicking a puppy, though it would be a dereliction of duty not to mention the film-makers' overzealous use of the crash-zoom. And the spectacle of Paul Simon and Alicia Keys cosying up with the kids in New York provokes some queasy feelings as regards the celebrity-charity interface.