Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thursday To-Do: 'deepsouth'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The documentary deepsouth screens Thursday at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
  • The documentary "deepsouth" screens Thursday at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

6 p.m. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Free.

The documentary "deepsouth" explores the HIV/AIDS epidemic in — you guessed it — the Deep South, specifically Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The film follows four people, including a 24-year-old, HIV-positive gay black man from Mississippi, two organizers of an HIV support network in Louisiana and an Alabama activist who travels the region advocating for more HIV funding for Southern states.

The film has done well since its debut this summer, earning critical accolades and awards from the Shout! Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Alabama and Outflix Film Festival.

Director Lisa Biagiotti told the Oxford American that "it's the same virus, but HIV is a different disease in the South, therefore the lessons of the last thirty years and successes in urban areas cannot be replicated in a place where culture and society are so different. It might be better to look at the best practices in the developing world because some of the challenges are the same."

The film is presented by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission in recognition of World AIDS Day and as part of a broader mission to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS and help end the disease.

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