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In 1994, Alison Botha was abducted at knife-point by two men outside her home in South Africa. Driven into a nature reserve off the main road, she was raped, disembowelled, almost decapitated and left for dead. Against extraordinary odds, Alison survived this horrific attack. But this was only the beginning of her struggle. This is the remarkable story of her fight for justice and recovery.
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Supporting actors
Francois MareeDe Klerk Oelofse
Uga Carlini
Journeyman Pictures
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Foul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingviolence
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4.8 out of 5 stars

234 global ratings

  1. 89% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 3% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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RVSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I feel like I should wait and write a review tomorrow but ...
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I actually can't believe what I just watched!!! I'm just shell-shocked from this film. I feel like I should wait and write a review tomorrow but I know I won't so I will just say, this needs to be seen. I won't add any spoilers therefore except to say it's incredible, and if miracles are real... what and how Alison has survived, can only be a miracle. Must watch...
28 people found this helpful
CicelyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
How you can deal with life and not find excuses to explain why you can't.
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Looking around for something to watch I saw the 5 stars on this and thought I'd watch it. It's not a movie - it's just a story of the terrible things that happen to some people and how they deal with it. Attitude, Belief and Choice.

Not sentimental or apologetic. Straightforward, matter of fact. It shows how you can deal with things, not find excuses to explain why you can't.

Five stars as I hope someone else will also find this.
24 people found this helpful
Rob Granville WalkerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 June 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
True life docudrama at it's amazing best, do watch, you'll be amazed
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Simply the most inspiring docudrama you could ever see. Painfully accurate account of the foul evil that, thankfully, only a very, very few men can do followed by a story of the extraordinary bravery of an ordinary, decent woman. No human being should ever have to face what Alison Botha did, however for the rare times they do, few survive and even fewer manage to find a positive, meaningful life the way Alison has. If you don't believe in Angels then watch this and Alison Botha may make you think again
15 people found this helpful
PWReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
You Couldn't Make it Up
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The very definition of the phrase "a strong and powerful woman" and the word "survivor".I really wonder when those who mete out so called justice,will finally comprehend, that some people should never see the light of day again and should not be given any hope that they might.It is state administered cruelty, to let those who suffered such grievous crimes, live with the knowledge that one day the perpetrators may be free to take revenge or attack someone else. this is by no means an issue specific to South Africa. I live in England where in all likely hood these two would have been dealt with far more leniently. Thankfully balance is provided by documenting the skill and dedication of the doctors, investigating officer and prosecuting counsel not to mention the humanity and common sense of the judge.
9 people found this helpful
GollumReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
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What happened to Allison Botha was horrific. It is somewhat of a miracle that she survived and it is a testament to her bravery and personality that she has recovered (it is debatable whether it is possible to fully recover from such a horrific incident) and has gotten on with life. The film is essentially a documentary of the incident, the problems encountered in bringing the perpetrators to justice and the lady's recovery. Whilst it is a shocking story, I didn't find the film too entertaining. It was done in a documentary style and i didn't particularly want to watch a documentary.
So I have to disagree with the majority of other reviewers by only rating it 3 stars.
3 people found this helpful
KishanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 June 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Horrifying and important
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Never in my life have I lost my appetite whilst watching something until I saw this documentary.
But just because something disgusts you to your very core; brings you to tears before you know what's happening, doesn't mean it's not worth watching.
Coming from a sheltered upbringing, it's not uncommon for me to be shocked by what humans are capable of. But this was another level.
What Alison has been through is utterly horrifying.
Just like the people in this film, I won't ever forget her story.
Wishing her and her boys all the best.
12 people found this helpful
Cherry BlossomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lasting effect
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I have watched this film over a year ago and as someone else has noted it left me completely shellshocked and it has really stayed with me. My thoughts have gone back to it again and again. When I watched it then and even when I rewatched it now, I had to stop and start the film to get through it. I don't want to give away too much, but while I agree that the sheer will to live of Alison is inspiring, I think the most powerful effect on me was the sheer evilness depicted in this crime and how this was conveyed very effectively. Contrary to some of the few critical reviews here, I actually think that's where the storytelling actually works incredibly well, it's the juxtaposition of telling the story in a kind of fairy tale and Alison describing the crime in quite a remote kind of way which to me makes it all the more impactful. It's difficult to put in words, but I think the crime and the events that followed is so exceptional it needed an altogether different mode of story telling than a typical crime docu drama or blockbuster movie. We have all seen and read all kinds of horrible stories, but this is different, it seems to have stepped straight out of a nightmare.
LouReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Protecting the Preciousness of Life
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This film is inspiring and Alison incredible. Her journey is heroic and hopeful for other survivors who have to choose life time and again.
The perpetrators should never get a mention in life again except to ensure their perpetual imprisonment, otherwise society is responsible for perpetuating the crime of harm rather than protection of the innocent.
Alison is clearly a protector; a protector of life.
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