Leading up to the International AIDS Conference in Durban, Sunshine Cinema is making it their mission to encourage dialogue around HIV and AIDS awareness.
With their solar-powered mobile cinema unit in tow, the mobile media initiative will be travelling from Qunu to the coastal city, hosting a series of free film screenings and theatre performances from 14 – 22 July. The screenings will take place in Qunu with UNAIDS on the 15th, as well as in townships around Durban during the conference from the 19th – 22nd.
The Durban screenings include extracts from the stirring documentary Nothing Without Us directed by Harriet Hirshorn, which tells the story of the women who led the worldwide AIDS movement. Showing alongside this is a series of short films produced by Makhulu for IAS Youth Voices, an advocacy initiative of the International AIDS Society (IAS) in partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the Children’s Radio Foundation. These films provide perspectives from youth in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania facing the challenges of access to health care and social stigmas.
As part of the interactive screening experiences, panel discussions with global and local change makers will be chaired. These events hope to provide a platform for engagement and dialogue in communities that may not have had access to the international conference in Durban and will challenge community members to consider how they impact the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Sunshine Cinema is made up of a small team of storytellers, filmmakers and researchers who are passionate about creating an alternative distribution platform. The aim is to turn their media screenings into a soapbox for local voices and activate social dialogue. Read our story on the initiative here.
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