The National AIDS Memorial has released the seventh film in its oral history project with their latest mini-documentary, The Black Community & AIDS.
The film carries us through stories from nearly two dozen survivors as hey share their hopes and struggles around the HIV epidemic with a focus on the disproportionate impact on the Black community.
The 17-minute film was produced by Jörg Fockele. Chevron, who’s been a long-standing partner of the National AIDS Memorial, is the presenting partner and provided major funding for the program over the last five years.
Huma Abbasi, General Manager of the Health & Medical department at Chevorn, said in a press release, “Our long-time support for this program is part of our commitment to sharing the very human experiences that have shaped four decades of the AIDS epidemic. These stories demonstrate the devastating impact that continues today, the hope and the work that still lies ahead.”
Before this public release, the film originally premiered at several major film festivals and HIV events throughout the country, where it went on to win the Jury Award at the 2022 San Francisco Queer Film Fest.
The National AIDS Memorial has produced its “Surviving Voices” series of stories and lessons on the AIDS epidemic since 2015 in an effort to educate the upcoming generation on the struggles against stigma and the fight to save the future.
The documentary, along with individualized interviews from the participants, can be viewed on both YouTube and the National AIDS Memorial’s website — or watch below!