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Ending Silence: Films about HIV/AIDS presented in partnership with Fred Hutch/SCCA
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Washington, WA
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Ending Silence: Films about HIV/AIDS presented in partnership with Fred Hutch/SCCA
A panel discussion with filmmakers and community representatives follows. This event is presented in partnership with Fred Hutch/SCCA and the Fred Hutchinson HIV Vaccine Trials Unit. * Join us after the discussion for a reception catered by Island Soul, in the Great Hall on the ground floor! *

EVEN ME (USA, 2012; 24 min.)  Directed by Megan Ebor. Filmmaker present for post-screening panel discussion. Seattle premiere.

Even Me provides an intimate portrait of ethnic minority older adults living with HIV/AIDS, in an effort to dispel the myths that perceive older adults as asexual and therefore not at risk. Despite popular belief, older adults are sexually active and remain sexually active well into their 80s, 90s and beyond. As a result, heterosexual transmission of HIV/AIDS among older adults has risen considerably since the mid 1980s. This film explores aging, sexuality and HIV among ethnic minority older adults. Taking a direct approach in exploring this highly stigmatized topic and exposing the consequences faced by a group that has little knowledge of safer sex practices or their risks of contracting HIV/AIDS, this documentary gives a face to the older adult group that has been identified as an "invisible at-risk population."

ENDING SILENCE, SHAME AND STIGMA; HIV/AIDS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY (USA, 2012, 28 min) Director: Kat Cheairs. Seattle premiere. Filmmaker present for post-screening panel discussion.  

Documentary exploring the impact on HIV/AIDS on the Black community shot over a period of 5 years, the interview subjects give voice to the range of individuals both affected and infected with HIV as well as the complex social issues factoring into the high rate of infection amongst African Americans.  Ending Silence places a human face on the disease and invites the viewer into a conversation that requires more participants in order to reduce the spread of AIDS/HIV in the Black community.

BUMMING CIGARETTES (USA, 201; 22 minutes) Directed by Tiona McClodden.  

Bumming Cigarettes is a short film about a brief and intimate meeting between a young Black lesbian woman who is in the process of taking an HIV test and a middle aged Black Gay HIV Positive man. Coming off of the devastation of a bad breakup with a girlfriend, Vee musters up the courage to go and take an HIV test to put her worst fears to rest. What she experiences during her trip to a local clinic is much more than she expects while sharing a cigarette with a stranger, Jimmy, during the 10 minutes that she awaits her test results.

Alia Hatch makes a strong debut in this short film, as a young Black lesbian woman looking to discover her status. This is a breakthrough performance for James Tolbert, a native Philadelphian and professional actor living with HIV for 21 years. Alia and James deliver a moving performance in this film that explores complex issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic including the loss of intimacy and stigma that persons living with HIV/AIDS may encounter, while also encouraging awareness around HIV/AIDS testing and the way we treat persons living with the disease.  The director will be here for a Filmmaker Talkback & repeat screening of this film on Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m.



Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (View)
104 - 17th Ave S
Washington, WA 98144
United States

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