LET’S TALK ABOUT IT 00:08:51
Youth and adults
Stigmatisation and discrimination
The film reflects prevailing attitudes towards HIV/AIDS in the townships of Cape Town by a filmmaker who lives there. It looks at young peoples’ perceptions of HIV/AIDS and the challenges they face in practising safer sex.
Questions for Discussion
- What are the different opinions expressed in this film?
- The film shows a number of misconceptions about HIV/AIDS. What are they and why do you think people have them?
- What other misconceptions have you come across?
- Why are misconceptions about HIV dangerous?
- Can you tell if someone is HIV positive?
- Why would somebody not want to use a condom?
- Parents and children often experience difficulty in discussing HIV/AIDS. Why is this so?
- How can we encourage communication between children and parents around sex and HIV/AIDS?
- What positive role can churches play in the struggle against AIDS?
Shot in Nyanga, Cape Town, Let’s Talk about It uncovers prevailing attitudes towards HIV/AIDS from people in the street. A series of HIV-related questions produce some revealing answers. Interviewees give their views on talking to their parents about sex, whether it’s cool to use condoms, discrimination against people with HIV, status disclosure and the position of the church. A range of responses, from the well-informed to the deeply prejudiced and ignorant, show how important it is for us to continue talking about AIDS.
There is general consensus that talking about sex with parents is problematic. And as far as talking to boyfriends about using condoms is concerned, one young woman was very dismissive. She wants ‘flesh to flesh’ only. A teenager admits to calling other teenagers with HIV, ‘4X4’ – a derogatory term standing for the four letters of AIDS.
An older man says people with HIV should be separated and sent away. But a younger man disagrees, saying that it is possible for people with HIV to live normal lives within the community.
The interviewer asks a group of Treatment Action Campaign activists handing out leaflets outside Nyanga Junction Shopping Mall about the difficulties HIV-positive people experience. They feel discrimination at school is a big problem.
When asked how HIV affects us in terms of religion and in our churches, one young man says the church should concern itself with spiritual matters only. But other interviewees disagree: young people don’t talk about their status because, according to the church, they shouldn’t be having sex before marriage. The fact that the church sees AIDS as a disgrace is problematic.
In a group discussion, people share their experiences of people they know with HIV. A woman talks about helping her sister through being tested and then disclosing her status to the rest of her family when she was ready.
This film shows that while a number of people are well-informed, there are a lot who aren’t. It is clear that a film such as this has great value and that we need to continue talking about AIDS.
Having attended a Producers course at the Community Video Education Trust (CVET), Sithunyiwe Gece worked on a television insert production: the project, was a collaboration between CVET and the Deutsche Welle Television Training Centre based in Germany. Other productions include short inserts for News and Current Affairs programmes.
In 2000, he worked with the Molweni Township Film Tours. Sithunyiwe’s previous works include writing and producing Down and Out (10 mins), various short productions and a stint with eTV.
The film is about stigmas, myths and stereotypes concerning the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Its message is that people with HIV/AIDS must disclose their status, whatever the attitude of people towards them.
It was my first time to be involved in a production of such a high standard. It was a good and interesting experience. I experienced hard times, stress and had lots of sleepless nights! I learned a lot, like making a film is not an overnight thing. It needs dedication; you need to be creative, strong, flexible. You need to be receptive to ideas and not make out they are always your own.
I would like to thank Day Zero for allowing me to use their resources. Special thanks to Prudence for her support and guidance; without her the film would not be a success. Last but not least, I’d like to thank Emily Mokoena for her input.
Community Video Education Trust
Prudence F Uriri
- Nic Zimmermann
- Steve Mannering