"Eye opening... necessary... a much-needed call to action. WILHEMINA'S WAR shines a light on a population and region that have often been ignored in the AIDS film canon... this film has the critical potential to change our minds about a disease that many of us have sadly forgotten." -Hello Beautiful
WILHEMINA'S WAR is an urgent and compelling film that explores the lives of Southern African American women living with HIV and AIDS. After a successful broadcast premiere on Independent Lens | PBS, we are happy to announce that WILHEMINA'S WAR is now available to educational institutions and community organizations.
Directed by Emmy award winning filmmaker and journalist June Cross, WILHEMINA'S WAR is the story of Wilhemina Dixon, a daughter of sharecroppers, who becomes a force in helping her granddaughter survive the health risks and social stigma of living with HIV in the South, where HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among African American women. The film bears witness to the resilience and determination of the human spirit in the face of tremendous adversity.
Although this film was shot in South Carolina, it could have easily been done in any of the nine Southern states which now form the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. In the context of the current election, it's pressing that Wilhemina's story about fair access to health care be heard. Essential viewing for African-American Studies and Public Health courses.
Jennifer Dworkin's groundbreaking documentary LOVE & DIANE presents a searingly honest and moving examination of poverty, welfare and drug rehabilitation in the United States. During the 1980s, a crack cocaine epidemic ravaged and impoverished many inner city neighborhoods. As parents like Diane succumbed to addiction, a generation of children like Love entered the foster care system. Shot over ten years, the film centers on Love and Diane after the family is reunited and is struggling to reconnect. While caught in a devastating cycle of teen pregnancy and the bureaucracy of an over burdened welfare system, they demonstrate an inspiring resiliency and ability to find strength during the most desperate times.
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.