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Thing With No Name

Distributed by Perinspire LLC,75-06 Woodside Ave., 4d Elmhurst NY 11373
Produced by Sarah Friedland, Esy Casey
Directed by Sarah Friedland
DVD , color, 1 hr, 14 min.
College - General Adult
African Studies, Death and Dying, Health Sciences, Women's Studies

Reviewed by Eric Kofi Acree, Director, John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, Cornell University

Highly Recommended  Highly Recommended   
Date Entered: 3/22/2013

The viewer is drawn into the plight of two women who are stricken with AIDS, and their journey to get the drug antiretroviral (ARV) in post-apartheid South Africa. This drug is supposed to have the potential of prolonging their life. This film provides a rare glimpse into not only how those in a poor village in South Africa struggle with AIDS, but how those around them are affected. There is a sadness that runs throughout the entire film as we watch these two women respond to the ARV, and the struggle to live a “normal life.” I am also struck with the lack of a male presence throughout the film. It is as if they are not a part of the community in which the women live. One of the best aspects of the film is giving AIDS a face. One cannot help but feel sympathetic for those affected by this disease. An important message coming through the film is that there is a large population of people who are mostly Black/African, and mostly women who have HIV/AIDS and are forgotten.