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Thing With No Name by By Ronnie Scheib for Variety

In its successful blend of education, treatment advocacy and celebration of Zulu culture, the docu mirrors the Zulus' own methods of spreading the word: Choruses ask in song if the virus has arrived and intone the virtues of Stocrin, Stavir 30 and condoms, while traditional healers prepare symptom-specific remedies in two-liter bottles.

LAFF '08 NOTEBOOK | Top Docs: "Trinidad," "No Name," "Pressure Cooker," "Loot" and "Boogie Man" by Michael Lerman for Indiewire

"Thing with No Name" is a carefully paced piece of work that displays Friedland's skill for storytelling and passion for the importance of the issue. The chilling information about the lack of resources unfolds carefully through bursts of hope and failure and the audience is taken along for the ride.

LAFF: Sex and Place by Karina Longworth for Spout

With its painterly images fields on fire and patient portraits of faces in quiet pain, the film itself harnesses that tension, and joins the fight as a teaching tool played in the key of fine art.

LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Thing With No Name" Director Sarah Friedland

It was important to me that the film was loyal to the place and the people it portrayed. We spent four -five months in production in Okhalhamba but the first six weeks of that time we did not take out the camera. We wanted to get to know the people we were working with and make sure we were all comfortable with the process before beginning. Gradually the camera came out. 

The Culture of AIDS, Thing With No Name by Dianne Goettel for A&U Americas AIDS Magazine

...the filmmakers do not attempt to offer any answers or solutions. The film only edges toward a solution in that it gives "the thing with no name" a clear name. Speaking clearly about what HIV is and what it does is a brave and important first step.


Educational Media Reviews Online- Highly Recommended- by Eric Kofi Acree, Director, John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, Cornell University 

...One of the best aspects of the film is giving AIDS a face. One cannot help but feel sympathetic for those affected by this disease. An important message coming through the film is that there is a large population of people who are mostly Black/African, and mostly women who have HIV/AIDS and are forgotten.