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A Closer Walk

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Director  Robert Bilheimer
Cinematography  Richard Young
Language  English
8.6/10 IMDb

Writer  Robert Bilheimer
Genre  Documentary
Country  Australia
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Release date  2003
Cast  Will Smith, Glenn Close, Bono, Kofi Annan, 14th Dalai Lama
Similar movies  Fig Trees (2009), Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), The Lazarus Effect (2010), We Were Here (2010), ABC Africa (2001)

A Closer Walk is Robert Bilheimers documentary film about the global AIDS epidemic. Narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, A Closer Walk features cinematography by Richard D. Young, interviews with the Dalai Lama, Bono, and Kofi Annan, and musical contributions by Annie Lennox, The Neville Brothers, Dido, Eric Clapton, Moby, Geoffrey Oryema, and Sade.


Subjects and storylines encompass the broad spectrum of the global AIDS experience and include people with HIV/AIDS from all walks of life; AIDS children and orphans and those caring for them; doctors, nurses, and social workers; human rights advocates; and prominent scientists, economists, researchers, government leaders, and NGO officials. The films basic themes remain, what are the underlying causes of AIDS; the relationship between health, dignity, and human rights; and the universal need for action, compassion, and commitment to counter what has become the worst plague in human history.


Conceived in 1996 with Jonathan Mann, A Closer Walk took three years to develop. For the film, more than 50 women, men, and young people have been interviewed or profiled in the following regions and locations: Uganda, South Africa, Haiti, Switzerland, India, Nepal, Ukraine, Cambodia, and various locations in the United States including New York City, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Cambridge. Production of A Closer Walk began in February 2000, and was completed in December 2002.


  • Glenn Close - Narrator
  • Will Smith - Narrator
  • Kofi Annan - Himself
  • Bono - Himself
  • Dalai Lama - Himself
  • Critical response

    The film has received international critical acclaim. Writing for the Gannett News Service, chief film critic Jack Garner gave A Closer Walk his highest rating, calling it a "beautifully told story of suffering that inspires hope and action." In South Africa, reviewing the film prior to its national airing on South African television, Claire Keaton of the Sunday Times called the film "unforgettable." In New Delhi, following the films India premiere, Rajeshwari Sharma of the Economic Times said that A Closer Walk is "an absolutely brilliant account of the deadliest plague humankind has ever known."


    A Closer Walk is a production of Worldwide Documentaries, a not-for-profit film production company focusing on matters of cultural, social, and humanitarian interest.


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