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Target Audience

Youth and adults

Key Issues

Stigmatisation and discrimination
Living positively
Advocacy and peer education

Film Outline

Ho Ea Rona (We Are Going Forward) is a short film about four friends: Thabiso was a national boxer; Thabo, known to his friends as Kwasa Kwasa, is a DJ; Bimbo, a true intellectual, is a man of short sentences; and Moalosi an AIDS activist. All four are HIV+. They meet to reflect on their lives, to cry, to reminisce – but also, most importantly, to laugh.

Questions For Discussion

  • What is the message of this film?
  • Why is it difficult to disclose your status if you are HIV positive?
  • What are the benefits of disclosure?
  • Do you think people with HIV face different challenges when entering into a relationship? Give reasons.
  • What choices do these men make about their lifestyles?
  • Do you think HIV positive women face different problems to HIV positive men?
  • How important are friends and family to these men?
  • What perceptions are there in your community about HIV/AIDS?
  • How does this film change your attitude towards people living with HIV/AIDS?

Viewing suggestion: Watch with Dreams of a Good Life

Director’s Biography:

Dumisani Phakathi was born in Soweto twenty six years ago. Having matriculated in 1993 at Phafogang High School in Soweto, he went to work at Die Beeld, a leading Afrikaans newspaper.In 1995, Dumi joined TV production company – Urban Brew -as a trainee director. A year later he conceptualized his own youth actuality programme called The Electric Workshop which went on for five years with the same company.

1996 marked a move into theater as he enrolled for a training programme at the Market Theater Laboratory, deciding to try his hand at acting. Whilst there he worked on numerous plays, one of his favorites being Gomorrah, which went on to tour throughout Europe. This was the beginning of his work in drama.

His work in plays and TV continued until 1999 when he was accepted for the M-net New Young Directors’ Competition – New Directions. As a result of this he directed his first short film An Old Wife’s Tale. This film went on to win several South African Television Awards. From here on his recognition as a professional film director grew. His first documentary, Rough Ride, previewed at the end of 1999 to international acclaim. Rough Ride charted the evolution and sub-culture of South African minibus taxis.

He continued his work with TV documentaries, mostly dealing with issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and in 2000 he directed his second short film – Christmas with Granny – which received a special mention at the Toronto Film Festival.

Dumi is currently writing a short film entitled Waiting for Valdez.


Production Company           

Sesotho Media    


Dumisani Phakathi                


Don Edkins