I had the privilege and pleasure to work on a documentary produced by Diversity Films about HIV/AIDS and African-Americans.
"Why Us? Left Behind and Dying " is an in-depth examination of the reasons why HIV rates are disproportionately high in black communities. It was made from the point of view of a small group of inner-city African-American teenagers, ages 14-17, from Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, PA.
This film is also being made into high-school and college curricula.
African-Americans comprise roughly 13 percent of the U.S population. But, recent studies suggest that about 50% of new HIV infections are in black communities. The contributing reasons are plenty - stigma, poverty, forced displacement, disproportionate incarceration, distrust of health systems, gender inequality, homophobia, shame, religious fundamentalism, racism, denial and secrecy.
This documentary needs to be seen. I urge everyone who reads this blog to do what they can to spread the word
about this important work. You can order the film at www.whyusmovie.com.