When the going gets tough, we need ordinary people of extraordinary strength and courage to jolt us into action and offer us hope. In December 1994 Alison Botha became such an individual.
ALISON, THE MOVIE
The documentary is built around an intimate interview with Alison, who had protected the film rights of her story until coming to an agreement with director Uga Carlini.
The film tells the story of the brutal attack in 1994 in which Alison was raped, stabbed in the abdomen 37 times, disemboweled and her throat slashed 17 times and what has happened in Alison’s life since – a side to her audiences hasn’t come to know or see just yet. A story of magic, monsters and hope like none other and proof that we can be the heroes in our own stories.
Produced by Amy Nelson and directed by Uga Carlini, who steered the fairy tale inspired visual to realisation. Christia Visser stars as young Alison in the reenactment scenes. Carlini’s Towerkop Creations which specialises in female driven heroine stories is the producing film company. READ MORE HERE
'I have always hoped that by sharing my own journey with others, it would give them hope and courage for their own. To have my story and ultimate triumph shared on screen, would mean that so many more people would see the power of choice that we each have; and might also choose to triumph over life's hardships.' - Alison Botha.
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Alison is a renowned International inspirational speaker. Her story is a riveting drama of how a courageous woman found the inner strength to triumph over intense physical and emotional trauma.
Courage which allowed her to transcend and transform a devastating experience into something positively life-affirming. Alison's refusal to become a victim continues to inspire people all over the world.
In December 1994, Alison was abducted outside her home by two men who raped, stabbed and disembowelled her, finally slashing her throat 16 times to make sure she was dead. No-one could have believed that anyone with such severe injuries could live but, miraculously, she did.
The manner in which she survived, her inner strength and determination, her lack of bitterness, and her serenity and humility captured the attention of South Africa and the world. In 1995, she was awarded the prestigious Rotarian Paul Harris Award for 'Courage Beyond the Norm'.
In the same year she was the first recipient of the Femina magazine's 'Woman of Courage' award. She was also chosen as Port Elizabeth's Citizen of the Year at a glittering ceremony.
"No matter the circumstances, you always control your attitude, your beliefs and the choices you make.."
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Finally - a movie has been made on my story - it is a unique hybrid feature documentary - with real-life interviews, re-enactments with actors and fairytale undertones. I believe that it is an inspiring film - one in which I share my tale - of monsters, miracles and hope.
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