It’s Not Over
This inspiring documentary tells the story of three courageous ‘millennials’ who are either living with HIV/AIDS or directly affected by it. Andrew Jenks, an award-winning filmmaker, takes you across the globe to three of the countries with the highest rates of infection where you will experience this epidemic first hand. The result is a deeply personal and uplifting story that is rarely represented in popular culture.
The idea of a documentary about HIV/AIDS might sound a little stale at first because of all the literature and films already available about this controversial condition. But Jenks determines to film from a totally different perspective and to show the lives of those who see HIV on a daily basis.
In order to do that, he travels to South Africa where he meets a young man from his generation called Lucky. Although he’s not infected with HIV, this energetic young man is a teacher and youth mentor that lives and works in the country’s largest township with one of the highest rates of HIV. Lucky speaks to students about the basic steps they need to take to prevent becoming infected. He’s aware that less than half of the children he speaks to will decide to make lifestyle changes and preserve their health, but this does not discourage him, he’s satisfied if only one listens. South Africa has more people with AIDS than any other country in the world.
In the United States, Jenks road trips with Paige Rawls, an Indiana college freshman who was born with HIV. As a child she was severely bullied and rejected because of her condition. In spite of that, this amazing young woman has become a youth advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. She has been featured in Seventeen Magazine and has written a memoir called ‘Positive’ that is based on her struggle growing up HIV positive.
In India, Jenks meets Sarang, an openly homosexual, HIV-positive theater director whose latest play talks about gay marriages in a country where homosexuality is still outlawed. Sarang is treated as a criminal because of his beliefs and because he’s willing to speak out about gay rights even though in India being gay is illegal. Sarang’s goal is to help his community and help those who, like him, have to live with HIV.
Globally, an estimated 5.4 million young people, including teenagers, are living with HIV, and they account for nearly 39% of all new infections. Stories like those of Paige, Sarang, and Lucky serve to remind us that the fight is not over. We can make a difference because we have the tools to end this epidemic. Watch this touching film now.