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‘Angels In Exile’ challenges viewers to look past the violent and often graphic image of homeless youth and see them for what they are… children. In the face of constant violence, rape, trafficking abductions and murder, the street kids of Durban, South Africa have next to no way out, most turning to huffing glue for a temporary escape, resulting in addiction and pushing many over the edge to theft, dealing drugs and prostitution.Director Billy Raftery embeds himself, where most wouldn’t stop at a red light, to share a story 8 years in the making, focusing on two inspiring kids 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.

The Project

Format: Documentary – 80 min Feature Film & 52 min TV Cut
Director: Billy Raftery
Narrated By: Charlize Theron
Executive Producers: David Johnson, Riza Aziz, Joe Petri, Harry Barton
Producers: Adam Paul Smith, Billy Raftery, Franklin Martin, Doug Matjeka
Production Teams: Act 4 Entertainment, Point Road Productions, Red Granite Productions
Sales for Distribution: Traction Media
Status: In Negotiation for Distribution
Official Selection Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2013 & Nominee for Social Justice Award
Winner: Durban International Film Festival – Best South African Documentary

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Birth of ANGELS IN EXILE: Alliance b/n Filmmaker & Activist

Umthombo’s founder Tom Hewitt M.B.E., met Children Rise (CRF) Founder & ANGELS IN EXILE director Billy Raftery whilst surfing!

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From The Streets: My First Zulu Class

“The kids started to ask me about what it was like in America. I told them a story or two and they then began to open up, telling me about their day, where they were from, leading to them teaching me bits of the Zulu language…”
– DIG DEEPER by Billy Raftery (ANGELS IN EXILE)
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