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WATCH: Teen & Grandma Battle HIV and Ignorance in the Rural South

WATCH: Teen & Grandma Battle HIV and Ignorance in the Rural South

Teen & Grandma Battle HIV and Ignorance in the Rural South

What do you do when your county doesn't even have a doctor?

As part of Black History Month, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is supporting a screening of the groundbreaking HIV documentary, Wilhemina’s Warat the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles this weekend. The film was produced and directed by AHF Grant Fund recipient June Cross, and is one of the few documentaries to look at women living with HIV in the rural South.

On Friday Feb. 12, a red carpet gala will kick off at the RAVE Cinemas in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Cross will be joined by the film’s titular Wilhemina; her granddaughter, Dayshal, who has been living with HIV since birth; R&B singer Monica; gospel and crossover artist B.Slade will attend along with other celebrities and HIV activists. While sold out, a second showing on Sunday, February 14th at 4:00 p.m. at the same theater can be purchased in advance via Holman United Methodist Church (323.731.7285) starting at $15. 

‘Wilhemina’s War’ is a poignant, eye-opening documentary that truly sheds light on the ongoing struggles we face in combatting HIV stigma and the lingering barriers that prevent people living with HIV/AIDS from accessing care and treatment,” said Cynthia Davis, MPH, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and Chair of AHF’s Board of Directors.  “We are so proud that AHF was able to support the filmmaker June Cross through the AHF Grant Fund and know that we will continue to see great things from her.”

 

Wilhemina's War Trailer from June Cross on Vimeo.

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.