Tonight on PBS! Wilhemina's War - urgent film about fighting HIV in the South

2016 New Release WILHEMINA'S WAR will have its broadcast premiere on Independent Lens|PBS, tonight Monday, February 29 at 10pm EST. Watch the trailer, and find your local Independent Lens|PBS station here.  

"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 AIDS from accessing care and treatment." - Cynthia Davis, Chair of AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Board of Directors

In much of America, progress in HIV/AIDS treatment suggests the worst is behind us, but every year 50,000 Americans are still diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS.  Astonishingly, it's one of the leading causes of death of African American women - 80% of women in South Carolina living with HIV are African American.  And nearly half of the Americans with HIV live in the South, where the AIDS epidemic has taken root in rural communities. 

WILHEMINA'S WAR is an intimate personal narrative that tells the story of one family's struggle with HIV over the course of five years.  Despite facing institutional and personal obstacles every step of the way, 62-year-old Wilhemina Dixon works tirelessly to combat the stigma against AIDS and care for her daughter and granddaughter, both HIV-positive. Emmy award winning journalist and Professor June Cross finds Wilhemina, a one woman army fighting against a systemic dehumanization that's the result of centuries of racism, and lack of access to drugs and treatment. 

Be sure to follow the film on social media for updates and to be part of the national conversation surrounding the premiere. Remember to tag your posts with #WilheminasWar and #IndieLens! 
WILHEMINA'S WAR on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wilheminaswar

If you are interested in organizing a screening of WILHEMINA'S WAR, or purchasing the film, please visit www.wmm.com/wilheminaswar. You can also contact us by email at orders@wmm.com or by phone at 212-925-0606 ext. 360. 

About WMM:
Since our beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For over 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. Women Make Movies. By Women. About Women. For Everyone. 
Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  




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