Living With Slim: Kids Talk about HIV/AIDS


In many African countries, HIV/AIDS is called “Slim.” In this film, seven African children, ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old, talk about what it’s like to be HIV positive. Of the seven children, four are girls and three are boys. Three of the children have lost both parents and three have lost one parent to AIDS.

In the film, the children discuss how old were they when the found out they were HIV positive; how they felt when they first learned they were infected; how they are treated at home and at school; how the illness affects their daily lives. They also talk about their dreams for the future, and the career paths they hope to some day follow. We film the children in their homes. Two of the children come from families with adequate resources, while five live in poor economic conditions which make fighting the disease more difficult. An official selection of the Amakula Kampala Film Festival, 2004.

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3rd Prize – Africa World Documentary Film Festival
Audience Award: Best Film, Crested Butte Reel Fest
Jury Prize: Best Documentary, Crested Butte Reel Fest
Jury Prize: Best Documentary ñ New England Film & Video Festival
Audience Award: Best Short Documentary — Woods Hole Film Festival
Boston Society of Film Critics — Special Commendation
Cine Golden Eagle

Film Festival Official Selection

Africa World Documentary Film Festival
Killington Film Festival
Crested Butte Reel Fest
Cascade Festival of African Films
New York AIDS Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
New England Film & Video Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
Empire Film Festival
New Orleans Film Festival
Winslow International Film Festival
Artivist Film Festival
Amakula Kampala Film Festival
Northampton Independent Film Festival

Sam Kauffmann