On a journey to the African country of Malawi, where the AIDS epidemic has orphaned more than a million children, Madonna guides viewers through a series of gut-wrenching stories, offering her unique perspective of the events along the way. The documentary, both a detailed portrait of poverty and an urgent call to action, also features insights from experts such as Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jeffrey Sachs and Paul Farmer.
While it does come off like an infomercial, and it's easy to deride Madonna for being who she is, how many other movies are there about this part of the world? How many Americans had even heard of Malawi before Madonna's adoption debacle? I can forgive everything else, even her pithy commentary, because she's calling attention to a region of the world that really needs some. 3.5 stars