Short Film Aims to Show That’s it’s Not What You Know About AIDS, but Rather “Who You Know”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDRBEoocnkw Do you know anybody who has AIDS? The answer may shock you and that’s what this film…
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDRBEoocnkw

Do you know anybody who has AIDS?

The answer may shock you and that’s what this film tries to convey about the AIDS epidemic that adversely affects the Black community moreso than any other community in America.

This film explores HIV/AIDS through the eyes of teenagers and emphasizes the importance of getting tested.  The statistics in Black America in particular are staggering: At the end of 2007, blacks accounted for almost half (46%) of the people living with HIV in the United States, despite the fact that Black Americans only make up about 13% of the country’s population.

Filmmaker Sade Oyinade needs your help to get this film off the ground.  She’s launched a donations page to solicit donations of this short film.  The fiscal sponsor for this film is Women Alive Coalition, a non-profit AIDS organization in Los Angeles.

It is recognized as the premiere national treatment-focused, non-profit organization by and for women living with HIV.  A portion of the proceeds raised for this film will go directly to Women Alive.

The film’s synopsis:

Tre asks his friends Kevin and Dayne after he expresses a desire to have unprotected sex with a girl who appears to be inexperienced.  It’s quickly determined between the three high school seniors that they could only come up with one person they knew with HIV.  Tre decides that’s enough evidence to prove that the likelihood of contracting HIV is small unless you live a promiscuous lifestyle like the man that they know.  A chance encounter with this HIV-positive man changes Tre’s perspective and causes him to re-examine his own sexual history.  He quickly discovers that their sexual pasts may not be as different as he thought.

To contribute to the film and donate something as low as a $5.00, please go here.  Donations are tax-deductible.


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