AfriDocs Presents: Open Heart

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AfriDocs is the first documentary strand across sub-Saharan Africa featuring the best documentaries made in Africa and around the world, brought to you by Steps and the Bertha Foundation.

Screened every Tuesday night on ED (DStv channel 190) and GOtv (channel65), the AfriDocs stream is seen in 49 countries by satellite, and terrestrially to an additional 100 cities in 8 countries.

Tuesday August 12th will see the screening of Open Heart, Kief Davidson¹s moving documentary that tells the story of eight Rwandan children who leave their families behind and embark on a life-or-death journey to receive high-risk open-heart surgery.

The eight children are operated on in Africa¹s only free-of-charge, state-of-the-art cardiac hospital, the Salam Center in North Sudan, run byEmergency, an Italian NGO. The idea that ³the Right to be Cured² should be accessible and free of charge to every member of the ³human community,² is part of Emergency¹s operating ethos.

The children¹s heart valves, are damaged and weakened by rheumatic heart disease, which develops from untreated childhood strep throat, leaving them lethargic and weak with some of them having only months to live if left untreated.

During their cross-continental journey, Open Heart reveals the intertwined endeavors of Dr. Emmanuel Rusingiza, Rwanda¹s lone, overworked public mcardiologist, and Dr. Gino Strada, the Salam Center¹s head surgeon.  As one of Emergency¹s founders, he must fight not just for the children¹s lives but for the tenuous financial future of the hospital.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 as well as winning numerous awards since its release.

AfriDocs is an initiative of the multi-awarded South African documentary production and distribution company, Steps, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.

For the full programme schedule and synopses of the films, please go to  or  You can also follow AfriDocs on twitter: @Afri_Docs #FilmFestivalonYourScreen #AfricaNotOneStory

Weekly Broadcast Times sub-Saharan Africa: Weekly. Primetime. Real Stories.

Tuesday evenings:

6 p.m. Cape Verde Time

7 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (Mauritania to Benin)

8 p.m. West African Time (Niger to Namibia)

9 p.m. Central African Time/South Africa Standard Time

10 p.m. East African Time (Sudan to Tanzania)

11 p.m. Seychelles Time

From 1st August, 2014, the slot changes to one hour earlier in order to allow feature length documentary films to be screened.