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Target Audience

Pre-primary and primary
school children

Series Outline

A trilogy of short films using hand-made animal puppets to dramatise different issues around HIV/AIDS, making them easily accessible to young children 5 to 8 years old.

True Friends:

Key Issues

Support and acceptance of people with HIV/AIDS
Transmission and misconceptions around transmission

Film Outline

As the gossip spreads that Gazelle is HIV positive, her best friend Zebra gets upset and expels her from the lakeside. When the wise tortoise finds her alone and weeping, she stands up for Gazelle and calls upon the other animals to reaccept her.

Questions For Discussion

  • Why is the lion afraid of HIV?
  • How does the virus affect people?
  • What is the role of the little soldiers in our bodies?
  • What is the message of this film?

The Razor Blade:

Key Issues

Transmission of HIV through blood

Film Outline

When Lion is suffering from asthma, Aida, the hippo, takes her friend to Auntie, who is a sangoma. Lion is scared to death of the treatment and Aida jokes around with him. But Auntie knows how to treat asthma and how to prevent AIDS while treating her patients.

Questions For Discussion

  • Why couldn’t the healer use the blade which the lion’sfriend brought?
  • What is the message of this film?

Little Soldiers:

Key Issues

An explanation of the virus
Care and support

Film Outline

Hippo had heard shooting during the night, and the friends fear that the poachers have returned. But Lion fears this new disease called AIDS even more, as he does not understand it. Tortoise explains, describing how white blood cells and the virus work in the body.

Questions For Discussion

  • Why is the lion afraid of HIV?
  • How does the virus affect people?
  • What is the role of the little soldiers in our bodies?
  • What is the message of this film?

Credits:

Production Company     

Catembe Productions

Director                        

Bert Sonnenschein