(Anne Lewis Johnson, 1994, 30 min.)
Belinda Mason, a religious, 32-year-old mother living in the South, became
infected with the HIV virus in 1987. She decided to go public with her condition
and spent the rest of her life as a powerful advocate for AIDS prevention,
education, and treatment and for human rights. Funny, down-to-earth, and
wise, Belinda speaks of our need for a collective response to AIDS that
is not crippled by racism, homophobia, fear, or ignorance.
Diana's Hair Ego: AIDS Info Up Front
(Ellen Spiro, 1990, 29 min.)
Two African-American women in South Carolina turn their beauty shop into
a community resource center and educate their local community about HIV/AIDS
prevention with a refreshingly direct approach and sense of humor.
(John Sanborn and Mary Perillo, 1989, 10 min.)
Bill T. Jones performs a dance/eulogy for his former collaborator, Arnie
Zane. Speaking directly to the camera, Jones evokes personal memories and
pays tribute in a poignant dance poem to Zane and other talents who have
been lost to the disease.
The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter
(David Paperny, 45 min.)
In 1990, Dr. Peter Jepson-Young learned that he had AIDS. Believing that
"there's no logical end point to education," he began taping a
series of two-minute "video diaries" that documented the continuing
fullness of his life and offered insights--from the perspectives of both
patient and doctor--into what it was like to have AIDS. The Broadcast
Tapes of Dr. Peter condenses the 111 video diary episodes and presents
an honest and immensely moving record that not only gives AIDS a human face,
but profoundly demonstrates the strength of the human spirit.
Wired Youth HIV/AIDS Education Public-Service Announcements
Wired Youth, co-sponsored by Artists' Television Access and the Exploratorium,
is a national showcase of media made by young producers ages eighteen and
under. This tape consists of a short selection of public-service announcements
designed by youth to educate peers about HIV/AIDS.
(Peter Adair, 1990, 87 min.)
This feature-length film tells the moving stories of eleven men and women
living with the HIV virus. Through direct and candid interviews, they share
their feelings about living with the psychological uncertainty and stigma
of a life-threatening disease.
(Laurie Lynd, 1991, 23 min.)
RSVP is a lyrical piece that explores the emotions felt by a group of
people about a man who has just died. There is almost no dialogue. Instead,
a central piece of music, "La Specte de la Rose" from Berlioz's
Les Nuit d'Ete, forms a link between family members and friends who
are in the process of grieving someone they loved.
Her Giveaway: A Spiritual Journey with AIDS
(Mona Smith, 1989, 45 min.)
The Native American community has been hit especially hard with the AIDS
virus, with as many as 796 reported cases nationwide. In this tape from
the American Indian AIDS Task Force, mother and registered nurse Carole
Lafavor of the Ojibwe tribe shares her reflections on living with the HIV
virus as a Native American woman. In her culture and in her deeper relationships
with family and friends, she finds an inner spiritual strength that helps
her to live positively with HIV.