02/11/2013 06:12 pm ET

‘Angels In Exile:' That Rare Film About Homeless Kids That Ends In Hope

After traveling back and forth over the course of eight years to Durban, South Africa, filmmaker Billy Raftery needed an ending for Angels in Exile, his documentary about two proud yet impoverished children who live on the city’s streets.

While he had plenty of material, he sensed that the proper conclusion hadn’t come. Money for the project was always tight, but Raftery knew he had to be patient. He trusted that he would somehow find a way to leave audiences with the same feeling of hope that he experienced, an optimism bestowed upon him by adults he had met who had survived the streets and felt inclined to give back.