HIV/AIDS In The Cinema (Part 1)
Author: Rafael Dieste
Monday 10th of November 2014 10:20:48 AM

HIV/AIDS has undoubtedly had the greatest impact in the twentieth century, affecting all parts of society. The new disease became source of artistic inspiration that included the film industry.
By now it has probably become the most studied disease in the history of medicine and that has generated a great number of publications -print and electronic- in addition to novels, poetry, plays, essays, speeches, films and other manifestations of human feelings through art. This article is presented in two parts, in which I present the five most interesting films about HIV made in recent years. All films are based on real events.


Precious (2009)

In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in the hope that her life can head in a new direction. Clareece 'Precious' Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father's child-for the second time. She can't read or write and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo'Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious's instincts tell her one thing: if she's ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources.
This film won 2 Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress (Monique).


Yesterday (2004)
The film reflects the plight of AIDS in South Africa. Yesterday is the name of a young South African (Leleti Khumalo) who lives with her daughter Beauty (Lihle Mvelase) in a village far removed from the city. Yesterday discovers that her husband (Kenneth Khambula), who works as a miner in Johannesburg, has been infected with HIV and realizes that her daughter will soon become an orphan. In December 2004, the year in which the movie was filmed in sub-Saharan Africa alone, 25 million people were estimated to be living with HIV. In the same year, around 2.3 million deaths due to HIV/AIDS were recorded there (the highest in the world). There are currently over 22 million people (adults and children) in Saharan Africa and South Africa, of which there are about 6 million people living with HIV and about 400 000 HIV-related deaths per year.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture.

Tomorrow I will present the other 3 movies

 

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