As some of you know, I have been working as a producer/writer/videographer on a documentary the past four years for Diversity Films about HIV/AIDS and African-Americans. Well, next month is its world premiere.
It is called, "Why Us? Left Behind and Dying". It looks at why the AIDS epidemic is hitting the Black community so hard, through the eyes of 20 African-American high school students in Pittsburgh. Among the reasons are secrecy, homophobia, religious beliefs, genetics, forced migration, stigma, gender inequality, ideas of masculinity, distrust of medical systems, prison incarceration, poverty and racism.
The students in the film conducted most of the interviews with scientists, researchers, community activists and people living with HIV in their neighborhood The students, themselves, were also subjects of the film. The honesty they were able to bring out of our participants is gripping.
I'm asking you to encourage your friends and colleagues in NY and LA to go see the opening run. It is playing at the theaters listed below.
Claudia Pryor, the Director and Executive Producer, will be attending opening nights in both cities.
I am very proud to have worked on this untold story. Please help us spread the word about this compelling film.
Hope all is well with you and yours. Cheers for now. David.
Los Angeles Opening - Sept. 9-15, Grande 4-Plex, 345 Figueroa
New York Opening - Sept. 11-17, IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave.