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Run Time: 67 minutes
“For everything that the men have done to forge the fight on this epidemic—to open the door—it will be the women who close the door,” says Dazon Dixon Diallo, an advocate for those living with HIV. That’s the premise of NOTHING WITHOUT US, a compelling documentary stitching together intimate vignettes of women working to end the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Via a combination of vintage footage and contemporary interviews, the film illuminates the activists determined to decrease the stigma around infection and increase education and access to healthcare. The late Katrina Haslip co-founded ACE (AIDS Counseling and Education) while incarcerated and later helped convince the CDC to expand the definition of AIDS to be more inclusive of women. Burundi native Jeanne Gapiya drove to Rwanda in dangerous conditions to get crucial medicine for her country. And New Orleans-based Gina Brown overcame a turbulent childhood to raise a healthy daughter and become an HIV counseling tester. The unflappable grace shown by these women despite incredible obstacles is empowering and inspiring. (In English and French with subtitles) —A.Z.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 5:50 PM
Women of the World
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition
Harriet Hirshorn is a filmmaker whose award-winning documentaries focus on social justice issues. Hirshorn has been covering HIV in the U.S. and Africa for the last ten years. She has received grants from the Ford Foundation, MAC AIDS Fund, Open Society Institutes, The Centre National de Cinema (France), New York State Council on the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation, as well as an artist’s fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts.
Mississippi I Am (2012), NOTHING WITHOUT US: THE WOMEN WHO WILL END AIDS (2017)
Harriet Hirshorn, Mary Patierno
Elaine Epstein, Nadia Hallgren