Way back in September, director Michealene Cristini Risley posted an article over at Huffington Post about being detained in Zimbabwe while filming a documentary called Tapestries of Hope. The film highlights the Girl Child Project in Zimbabwe, which helps young girls who have been raped by men seeking to cure themselves of AIDS. This has been an ongoing problem for a long time in that part of the world, perpetuated in part by tribal medicine men telling infected men that they can cure themselves of the disease by raping a virgin, the younger, the better.

Risley and her team escaped Zimbabwe unscathed with enough footage to start putting together a feature-length doc, which they plan to release later this year. Meanwhile, they've posted the teaser trailer below up on YouTube. While it's always fun to enjoy a big, effects-laden blockbuster or the latest rom-com at the theater, it's little films like this, driven by the filmmaker's passion for the project, that really speak to the dedication it takes to make a doc like this. I'll be looking forward to seeing the completed project later this year; we'll bring you a write-up and news of any screenings or distrib when it's ready. Meanwhile, here's the teaser: