Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mma Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe are "the Ladies"

Photo from wiki [fair use]

We are immensely enjoying the new HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency which started March 28. It is actually filmed n Botswana and it is so easy to fall in love with the characters and the country. It is a very charming work of love based on the novels by Alexander McCall Smith. Sydney Pollack was involved.

More from wiki ...

"... the production showcases a modern, relatively prosperous African nation before a large television audience.... The producer said"People have talked about the responsibility of doing justice to Alexander McCall Smith’s novel, but with this production, we also felt a strong sense of responsibility as white people making the first motion picture filmed entirely in Botswana, and presenting modern Botswana to the rest of the world."

"Producer Moore has commented that the story struck her with the idea "That leading a good life is possible; that being a good person is possible; that being a good neighbor is possible; that truth can exist alongside beauty. I thought, this African book can teach the Western world a lot."

"Producer Minghella called the experience of filming in Botswana an "amazing adventure" and noted the beauty of the country's landscapes. He said "Particularly fascinating to me was working and filming in an African country where old and new are currently coexisting, where traditional values have not yet been eroded by the demands and efficiencies and neuroses of the modern. It was a privilege to be working on a film which celebrates what we can learn from Africa, and not what we think we can teach it."["

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