Many people think the war against AIDS is over, that advances in science and medicine have solved the problem, that we don’t need to worry about it anymore. But the reality is that the war is not yet over. The scientific and medical advances have been remarkable, but we still need to make sure that everyone who needs the medication can get it. So we could win the war against AIDS. The question is whether the world has the collective will to do so. If the answer is no, then the results will be catastrophic, with tens of millions of people needlessly dying.
We are creating a film to dramatize the consequences of losing the war against AIDS. Our goal is to confront people with the reality of the war against AIDS while there is still time to make the decisions and take the steps that will lead to victory. The film is a “future documentary,” set in the year 2030, after HIV and AIDS have come roaring back in the 2020s. The place is Durban, South Africa, at the 28th International AIDS Conference. A panel of experts discusses the topic “How We Lost the War Against AIDS,” reviewing the fifty-year history of the AIDS epidemic, looking at the trends of new infections and deaths, analyzing why the numbers in 2030 are worse than they were in the 1990s and 2000s.
The panel’s audience includes several ordinary people whose lives have been tragically affected by the resurgence of the AIDS epidemic: the son of a Zambian pastor who died when the supply of medicine ran out; a gay man from Indiana whose husband couldn’t afford medical insurance; a woman from Johannesburg whose daughter hooked up with a sugar daddy for financial security and found herself infected by HIV. Their stories illustrate the human side of the frightening numbers discussed by the panelists.
The panelists don’t have good answers. The best they can do is identify the things they wish they had done, the things the world could have done, that would have avoided the human catastrophe that is unfolding in 2030. Of course, the film will be released in 2018, not 2030, with a reminder that it is not too late to do the things that the panelists wish had been done. It is not too late to avoid the catastrophic future.
The film will be released in July 2018, following a series of public service announcements. The PSAs will remind us all that the war against AIDS is not yet over. Each PSA will highlight one issue and the steps that could be taken to address it.
Sample Public Service Announcement
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The trailer and PSA were made possible by generous donations from people like you. Thank you!!
Now we are raising funds for the next phase, including the first few PSAs. If we can reach our goal of $50,000 by the end of November, we will be able to have the first PSA ready to go in January.
Thanks in advance for your help!