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Student-produced Film About the South African Aids Crisis to be Premiered this Week.

Apr 20, 2010

HIV is killing millions and people remain silent. That is the theme of "Voiced: South Africa," a documentary about HIV victims in South Africa. The film was created by two Pacific students and will be premiered Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. in Pacific's Janet Leigh Theatre.

A Pacific Fund sponsored trip allowed students Emily Sheldon and Graham Howes to embark on an eleven day trip to South Africa to participate in the South African Clinical Research Association (SACRA) 3rd annual research conference and to make a documentary focusing on those who have contracted HIV and the silent struggle they suffer.

The full length documentary focuses on the people of South Africa and the constant HIV struggle for the individuals as well as the entire country. The touching, personal stories of those suffering from HIV are uncovered as well as the effects on culture and life for those infected.

"For the past year, Graham has poured over the footage shot while in South Africa and has put together a sensitive and honest portrayal of the people of South Africa who live daily under the shadow of HIV," said Professor Patti McCarthy. "The way he has been able to capture the the essence of the human spirit under adversity and the lives of the people of South Africa affected by this terrible disease is a testimant to his craft and art. This film stands as testiment to the  empowering value of film as an art form, historical record, and communication tool. This film will reach hundreds, if not thousands of people around the globe, and shed light on this far reaching,  ever-growing, and silent killer--HIV."

The film was made possible with the collaboration and support of faculty advisors, administrators and committees, such as the Pacific Fund and the Innovation Grant Fund, McCarthy said.

Both student filmmakers will be receiving awards for their success with the project at the premiere, Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm in Pacific's Janet Leigh Theatre at University of the Pacific.

For additional information about "Voiced: South Africa", please contact Patti McCarthy at pmccarthy@pacific.edu.