Thursday, December 1, 2011

World AIDS Day 2011

On the eve of World AIDS Day, the Stephen Lewis Foundation presented an evening of art and performance to launch the organization's new Art Fund in support of grassroots HIV and AIDS initiatives in Africa.

Supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust in South Africa has many arts-initiatives like the Little Travellers HIV/AIDS Project. I created the short film Umhambi to share the story of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust's Little Traveller dolls.

Located outside Durban, the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust has been the home for many grassroots arts projects for many years. The Little Travellers HIV/AIDS Project has been a way for those living with HIV and AIDS to share their story. They have also been a way or beadworkers to express their creativity, earn an income and gain self-esteem.

Since first creating Umhambi several years ago during my first visit to South Africa, it has screened in film festivals, art galleries and design shows around the world. It was an official selection at the Chicago International Film Festival last year.

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