9/16/03 @ 10:00pm POV is showing "State of Denial" AIDS in South Africa

Chuck Tarver

P.O.V. Invites You to Participate

In Our Community Engagement and Youth Views Campaign for

"State of Denial"

P.O.V. (a cinematic term for "point of view") is the
award-winning PBS series that brings powerful,
thought-provoking and at times controversial independent
point-of-view films to a wide national audience. To maximize
the impact of P.O.V. programs, Community Engagement and
Youth Views outreach campaigns are designed to build
audiences, inspire civic dialogue and when possible, foster
sustained partnerships and community involvement around
issues raised in our programs.

I would like to extend an invitation to you to join us in
developing outreach initiatives around, "State of Denial," a
film by Elaine Epstein, a native South African who has
worked extensively in AIDS and public health, offers a
unique insider's view of the complex forces driving the
disease's spread - and the debate around it - in South
Africa. State of Denial gives moving testimony to the harsh
realities of the AIDS epidemic, global healthcare
inequities, and the political and economic interests that
are denying millions of people around the world access to
life-saving therapies. Below is a short description of the
film and suggestions on how you can engage your members,
raise awareness and inspire action and discussion around the
issues raised in the film.

"State of Denial" (82:00)

by Elaine Epstein

September 16, 2003 at 10:00 p.m. (check local listings)

State of Denial reveals the human experience behind one of
the world's greatest tragedies - the AIDS epidemic in South
Africa. With five million people infected and nearly two
thousand new infections occurring daily, South Africa has
the highest number of people living with HIV in the world.
The film takes viewers into the lives of six people
struggling to survive with HIV in the face of social stigma,
a severe lack of access to lifesaving treatments, and their
president Thabo Mbeki's controversial denial of the
connection between HIV and AIDS. A film of quiet outrage,
State of Denial weaves the personal with the political in an
uplifting portrait of ordinary people struggling to survive.

For more information on the films (including photos and
press releases) visit

To download the resource materials including the discussion
guide (coming soon) or to apply to hold a sneak preview
screening go to

Here's How You Can Participate In This Campaign

Alert your members and colleagues to broadcast
date via newsletter announcements, web site links, e-mail
alerts or by distributing flyers and/or program guides at
any upcoming conferences or training sessions.

Host a sneak preview screening and discussion of
State of Denial To access tapes from P.O.V., screenings must
take place before September 16, 2003. Apply online at

Invite your members to use any of P.O.V.'s
companion program materials (i.e., lesson plans,
facilitation guides and multi-media resources). Download
materials at\

Invite your members to talk back and respond to
the film on our Web site at after
viewing the film.

Encourage people to call 1-800-688-4768 with their
responses to the film. Their comments may be featured on our
web site in Talking Back, P.O.V.'s signature audience
response broadcast opportunity.

If you are interested in participating in one or several of
the above activities, please contact Eliza Licht, Community
Engagement Manager at P.O.V., (212) 989-8121 x316, or by
email at If you are a young person or from a
youth organization and are interested in the program
activities contact Irene Villasenor, P.O.V.'s Youth Views
Manager at 212-989-8121 x319 or by email at

P.O.V. (a cinematic term for "point of view") is the
award-winning PBS series featuring the best of independent
non-fiction point-of-view filmmaking. Now in its 16th
season, the organization has combined compelling
storytelling with innovative community engagement models
that explore the role that independent media can play in
public life as a positive social change agent. Through the
Internet, broadcast and community organizations and public
television stations, P.O.V. catalyzes innovative
collaborations with storytellers and viewers to build
awareness, engage audiences and provide a forum for dialogue
about issues of significant social concern.


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