AIDS in Africa; Jane Gillooly Brings the Story Home

Sat. Feb. 9

 AIDS in America? Not on the front burner anymore, due to all the life-extending drugs. AIDS in the Third World? Big, big issue. Boston-based filmmaker Jane Gillooly went to Swaziland, a small country in southern Africa and made a 72-minute documentary called, "Today The Hawk Takes One Chick," which has its world premiere Saturday Feb. 9 at the Institute of Contemporary Art at 7 p.m. Swaziland has the highest prevalence of HIV – nearly 40 % f the people have it – in the world and the lowest life expectancy (32). In Gillooly’s doc, she follows three grandmothers in Swaziland who are trying to cpe in this critical moment in time.The generation between the grandmothers and their grandchildren has been all but wiped out by HIV. A questin asked by granny Albertina: "What will happen when all the grannies are dead?""Today the Hawk Takes One Chick" moves among the lives of the grandmothers, whose experiences highlight a rural community at the threshold of simultaneous collapse and reinvention. The film creates a portrait of a community by layering discrete moments in time. Presented without overt narrative structure or narration, the film’s drama emerges from the patient accumulation of steady details that, in sum, tell a greater story of family in a world dictated by AIDS. Gillooly and members of her crew will be available for a Q & A after the screening. Tickets: $10.

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