Bigger Than Barbie

 In South Africa, a small group of women from the townships around Cape Town are changing their lives, and exciting people all over the world by making colourful beaded dolls, animals, coasters, picutres, magnets and other products.

  

 With Monkeybiz, the beading project, they fight poverty and HIV/AIDS through contemporary art. A documentary by Norwegian director Tina Davis follows the dolls on their journey from the township of Khayelitsha to the high-end stores of Donna Karan in New York on their quest to become "Bigger Than Barbie" which is the title of the film. It includes appearances from Desmond Tutu, Donna Karan, Annie Lennox and Nelson Mandela.

  

Annie Lennox appears during the film with two strong statements about Aids and the story of the 46664 campaign filmed in London as well as with other artists at the 46664 press conference in Tromsø, Norway, where Monkeybiz had an exhibition in 2005.
   
It was also in 2005 when Annie wore a beaded Aids ribbon by Monkeybiz at some occasions like the WHO day and the Woman of the Year awards.
  
Annie Lennox about the dolls: "When I see these dolls they are like a symbol of hope."

  

Visit BiggerThanBarbie.com or read this article for more about the movie. For the trailer or to order the just released DVD visit  MySpace. To watch more of the original African art and order it go to Monkeybiz.co.za.