HIV Topics for Patients and the Community

Community Support is Strong Medicine
From Northwest AETC's Tribal BEAR program. Share the stories of three HIV-positive Native Americans, and explore the challenges each has faced through discrimination and lack of access to skilled medical care in their communities. Designed to destigmatize HIV and foster discussion, this film has been widely screened in Northwest Native communities. It is introduced by Native actor Floyd Redcrow Westerman, and features the music of award-winning musician Robert Mirabal.

Produced 2001. 17 minutes. VHS and DVD.

Price: $75 (Free in AK, ID, MT, OR, WA; Native organizations nationwide may also qualify, please call.)


Produced as a Spanish-language version of Taking Control, this patient-oriented program takes a documentary approach, exploring adherence through the lives of four Latinos from Southern California. Filmed on location in Los Angeles, and hosted by Dr. Octavio Vallejo of UCLA, Creando Nuestro Futuro includes a diverse array of experiences: from Silvia, whose 12-year-old daughter was infected through mother's milk, to Jose, whose doctors told his family several years ago that he would live a few more days at most. Providing a distinctly Latino perspective on the hope and the challenge presented by current HIV regimens, this video is a culturally appropriate source of education and support for Spanish-speaking clients who are "creating a future."

Produced 1999. 30 minutes. VHS. (Free in AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Price: $75

Haba na Haba: Stories of Culture, Health, and Community
What is the relationship between traditional culture and community health? Are newer ways always better? In Haba na Haba, these questions are explored by four local groups in Kenyan tribal communities. Each group is working to preserve, revive, discourage or adapt a traditional practice in order to improve the health of their community.

Produced 2003. 38 minutes. VHS and DVD. NTSC and PAL.

Price: $75


Staying Strong/Manteniendose Fuerte
Two similar 5-minute videos on one videotape, English and then Spanish. This short film uses easily understood digital animation to provide an overview of how HIV attacks the immune system, how medications interrupt that process, and why medication adherence is important.

Produced 1999. 11 minutes. VHS.

Price: $30

Tumaini: Stories of Hope and Change from the Kenya Voluntary Women's Rehabilitation Centre
Shot on location in the slum neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya in 2001, this fi lm shares the stories of Asha, Rukia, Mary, and other former sex workers, and the desperate economic calculus that drives women to risk HIV infection by selling sex for a few dollars a day.

The women in this film are all members of the Kenya Voluntary Women’s Rehabilitation Centre, which provides economic alternatives to sex workers through small loans and business training. Down the muddy alleys of Nairobi’s poorest areas, we see a glimmer of hope in new economic opportunities and the fellowship of group support.

Produced 2001. 28 minutes. VHS and DVD.

Price: $75


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