This documentary takes a unique look at the epidemic, melding intimate
personal stories with a global perspective. Pandemic: Facing
AIDS comprises five stories of individuals with HIV and AIDS
from around the globe including India revealing the diverse impacts
that AIDS has had on their lives. The film aims to create a greater
awareness and understanding of this epidemic, and to empower people
to take action in the international fight against HIV and AIDS.
In India a former truck driver, debilitated by Aids, gives strength
to his family and his village, and deals with the stigma associated
with Aids. Since this connection is present it won't come as a surprise
if it pops up in the country at a later date.
HBO had earlier aired And The Band Played On which depicted
the havoc Aids created in San Francisco. The Russian story focuses
on a young couple whose use of IV drugs has left them infected with
HIV and struggling with their parents for the right to raise their
three-year-old son. We watch them cope with the epidemic in a country
where the true scale of the devastation is just beginning to sink
At a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, viewers will get a glimpse
of the pain that end-stage Aids patients suffer by following one
former commercial sex worker on her quest to return to her village
and family to die with dignity.
Speaking on the initiative Kennedy said, " What I filmed in
Uganda, India, Thailand, Russia, and Brazil has shaped and expanded
my definition of suffering. Yes, I saw people dying from Aids. But
I also saw people fighting against Aids people fighting for themselves
and their families with incredible dignity and courage. And in this
I found hope, in their faces and their stories I found the hope
to carry me far beyond the numbers."