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Coming to Say Goodbye

28th November 2003

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Coming to Say GoodbyeFaced with overwhelming facts and figures about how AIDS is devastating Africa, it is easy to forget its impact on individual lives and the context in which AIDS flourishes. ‘Coming to Say Goodbye’ recounts personal stories of men, women and children affected by AIDS, but it also looks at how the issues of debt, education and poverty have an impact on their lives.

The film was directed by John Ankele and Anne Macksoud of Old Dog Documentaries and produced by Maryknoll Productions in 2002.

In the film, the stories of Rosalyn and her daughter, Christopher and his brothers, Bibi and her granddaughters are a personalized journal of the spread of this modern plague as it threatens the foundations of nation-building in Kenya and Tanzania.

Because of the immensity of the problem, the poor are often left by themselves to deal with AIDS. They lack even the food needed to take medicine properly. Most of the patients are women, typically rejected and abandoned by their families. Also doomed are between 100,000 and 150,000 orphans in East Africa infected with AIDS. As one interviewee says, "AIDS statistics are numbers with the tears washed off."

The stories are woven together with insights from church workers, social workers, and medical professionals who have to deal with a collapsing health care system. These care-givers help us see the connection between the AIDS crisis in Africa and the broader issues of extreme poverty, inequality and the policies which keep the cycle spinning.

The extraordinary social cost represented in Coming to Say Goodbye challenges viewers to take up the role of global advocate in combating this devastating disease.

Organisations

Avert
Is an international HIV and AIDS charity based in the UK which runs overseas projects to help communities in countries where there is a high rate of HIV/Aids infection or where there is a rapidly increasing rate of infection.
OneWorld TV
Interactive video website tackling global issues.
National Aids Trust
Works in the UK and internationally for policies that will prevent HIV transmission, improve access to treatment, challenge HIV stigma and discrimination and secure the political leadership to effectively fight AIDS.
Staying Alive
Aims to inform young people about HIV/Aids, promote safe lifestyle choices, provide information about local organizations and mobilize youth to overcome the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS and to fight for an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS. A partnership between MTV, YouthNet, Family Health International, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Additional partners include USAID, UNAIDS, The World Bank, and other organisations.

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