The Faces of Aids (1993)


These film clips tell the story of the human experience of living with HIV/AIDS. People with HIV/AIDS, their husbands and wives, their families, their doctors and health workers talk about how HIV/AIDS has affected their lives. These are the personal video stories from Cameroon and Zimbabwe in which people speak out about their hopes and fears, their struggle against pain and abandonment and their fight for greater awareness and understanding. The film challenges stereotypes and calls for a concerted effort to face up to the epidemic.

Director: Frances Reid.


Note: This is the English version with English voiceover, French version without voiceover here but unfortunately no subtitles for it.

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  1. Tveitt Irgens
    August 6, 2022

    Sticking out my chin saying most documentaries on AIDS are lies. First, HIV does not equal AIDS, and the latter is an effect in compromised immune systems; primarily from malnutrition — therefore prevalent where there is famine and poor food — but Western racists have in effect claimed it’s because Africans can’t behave like humans but rather like the Bonobo monkeys, among humans called promiscuity;, and by drug abuse as with the abundant ‘poppers’ sex drug popular in the 80’s, or by certain types of modern medication; and also by some diseases, for example leukemia.

    There were tropes often stated by Africans, that “one must be aware of the Pink people, because they bring the AIDS to Africa”. In a sense it was true, not just because The Pinks exploted the land and stole their resources for themselves, leaving them poorer, but by forcing the narrative concept of sexually driven AIDS upon them, And on all of humanity. I haven’t watched this film though.

  2. Mike Jones
    August 10, 2022

    Please read, Spillover by David Quammen and make your own mind up.

  3. Patrick Trimble
    February 21, 2023

    I do appreciate the commentary by the first poster here and support andwel come it, But I willl also read the Quammen book because my respect for this documentary comes from the time. cause & purpose of its making. In 1993, we were horrified by the announcement of the disease and knew little about it. Immediately, the media took over and either condemned or blamed it on alternative lifestyles of so-called deviate behavior. Any form of expression that revealed the disease in more detail was welcomed. And this work here seems open and sincere, without political ballyhoo or hysteria. I, can appreciate that calm even as I respect the opinions of Ms. Irgens and Mr. Jones.. Thanks Jon for posting!

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