News from the Mission
South African HIV/AIDS Documentary makes a splash
April 19, 2012
In April 2012, the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., highlighted a South African HIV/AIDS documentary, supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as a global example of excellence. The institute, the George Washington School of Health, and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the Department of State (PGAC), all screened the 30-minute documentary, produced by 10 HIV-positive young women from Soweto. The film is the result of the Mission’s cooperation with the U.S.-based NGO GlobalGirl Media, which has received several grants from the Embassy to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and train young girls with no prior media experience . The documentary reflects the reality of the young women’s lives, giving their perspectives on issues ranging from childhood rape and domestic abuse to discrimination against HIV-positive people. The documentary was the result of several months of intensive PAS-funded training at the Embassy’s Rosa Parks Library in Soweto.
Tumi Mosadi, the South African representative of GlobalGirl Media, attended all of the events in Washington and spoke repeatedly about the project and the importance of helping young women “find their voices” on issues of global importance. She also met with journalists from the Washington Post and NBC, and spent a day shadowing the Senior Producer of the well known television talk show Hardball with Chris Matthews. A State Department- produced article on the project has earned over 1,200 “likes” on IIP’s “Democracy Challenge” Facebook page.