H O M E : F I L M M A K E R S : P R E S S : S C R E E N I N G S : H E L P : P U R C H A SE


A portrait of two women, their families, and the struggle to survive in the midst of an unspoken epidemic.

Set in the mountains of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the rate of infection in women is twice that of men, and one out of every six people is HIV+. This feature-length documentary provides an unprecedented, intimate glimpse into the traditional life of a rapidly changing culture. The story follows Danisile and Ntombeleni, two Zulu women with full-blown AIDS, as they attempt to access the recently introduced
antiretroviral (ARV) treatment that will prolong their lives. As these women invite us into their homes and share their stories, we witness firsthand the hope these drugs offer. Yet the lack of resources and support available threatens to overwhelm their fight to survive in a community where orphans outnumber their counterparts and funerals are daily occurrences.

Nominated for Best Documentary LAFF 2008

Nominated for Haskell Wexler Prize for Best Cinematography at Woodstock Film Festival 2008

"...Immediately engrosses...Undeniably beautiful to look at and powerfully poetic"
–Karina Longworth, Spout and LA Weekly

"Speaking Clearly about what HIV is and what it does is a brave and clear step."
-Diane Goettel, A&U America's AIDS Magazine

"...successful blend of education, treatment advocacy and celebration of Zulu culture."
-Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"Friedland's [first feature] film boasts of the intimate restrain of a seasoned filmmaker, supporting itself with beautiful cinematography and the power of humanity"
-Michael Lerman, indieWIRE

Highly Recommended by Educational Media ReviewsOnline (EMRO)












B O A R D :

Peter Piot Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicin, Former Executive Director of UNAIDS

Zachie Achmat Founder and Chairmanof The Treatment Action Campaign

Gerald Friedland Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine

Tony Moll Director of the Philanjalo
and Church of Scotland Hospital

Wafaa El-Sadr Director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiologic Research CIDER at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

Judith Auerbach Vice President, Science & Public Policy San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Professor Hoosen Coovadia
Scientific Director at the Doris Duke Medical Research Centre at the University of Natal

Professor Umesh Lalloo Professor, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine

Phumzile Ndlovu Outreach Worker, Okhahlamba 

Robert Sebler AIDS Researcher,
Columbia University

Demetria Royals Documentary
Filmmaker for PBS and HBO

Renata Simone Documentary Filmmaker
for WGBH and Frontline

Amy Stechler Documentary
Filmmaker for PBSe

This film was made possible with support from:

The Paul Newman Foundation
The William Prussoff Foundation
The Jerome Foundation
(DCTV)- Fiscal Sponsor