A Portrait of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

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I had the honour to work for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) to document the impact of HIV/AIDS on communities and individuals in sub-Saharan Africa; specifically on women, orphans, and grandmothers.

In the spring of 2006 I journeyed with a small documentary crew through urban and rural South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, and Uganda, to visit some of the grassroots organizations SLF supports. Seventy-two hours of dense material, in eight African languages, has since been developed into three half-hour films; a trilogy that gives voice to those who are sick, dying, and resiliently surviving in the face of the AIDS pandemic. As part of this unforgettable and life-changing assignment, I took over 500 photographs, both in black and white and colour.

[This] sequence of images represents the spectrum I witnessed; one that revealed itself in every moment: poverty, human suffering, gender inequality, and overwhelming injustice combined with unimaginable strength of character, intense beauty, and a glowing spirit of generosity.
Liz Marshall is an award-winning filmmaker who has travelled extensively to make documentaries on socio-political issues including censorship, war-affected children, globalization, sweatshop labour, refugees, and HIV and AIDS.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation helps to ease the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa at the grassroots level. It provides care to women who are ill and struggling to survive; assists orphans and other AIDS affected children; supports heroic grandmothers who almost single-handedly care for their orphan grandchildren; and supports associations of people living with HIV/AIDS.

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NormaNovember 11, 2008 11:43 EST

Liz, your AIDS photos connect us to those living lives touching on joy and sorrow. We must all pull together to overcome the hardships faced by all generations.

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