"The film investigates the difficult intersection of health policy and personal responsibility."
    - The Atlantic

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 and 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 political environment, Wilhemina's story about fair access to health is crucial to encourage civic engagement and a deeper understanding of the most marginalized communities in our country. 

 The film is an essential viewing for Public Health and African American courses. 

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Listen to director June Cross on NPR's  All Things Considered  and WNYC's  The Takeaway .  

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     SPECIAL OFFER: 50% off related title  LOVE & DIANE

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.

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