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3 Needles

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1150
  1. Khalid Ali, senior lecturer (
  1. University of Sussex

    Directed by Thom Fitzgerald Shown at the London Film Festival on 31 October and 1 November

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    The Canadian film 3 Needles is a challenging attempt to analyse the role of the West in causing disease and poverty in the developing world. Set in South Africa, China, and Canada, it weaves together three stories with the common theme of blood, religion, and sacrifice.

    It begins in South Africa, portraying the rituals of male circumcision and young adolescents' entry into a new world of manhood and adult responsibilities. Into …

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