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Screening of South African Film 'State of Denial'

Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department present two special South African film screenings, "Yesterday" on March 10 and "State of Denial" on March 11.

Sunday, March 11, 2007
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lenart Auditorium
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Two Special South African Film Screenings, March 10 and 11:

YESTERDAY  --  Saturday, March 10, 2:30 PM
(2004, Approx. 95 minutes, color, Zulu with English subtitles)

Nominated in 2004 for Best Foreign Language Film Yesterday tells the story of a young mother struggling to raise her daughter alone while her husband is away working in the mines of Johannesburg.  When she learns she is HIV-positive, she must come to terms with her fate and sets her mind on a single goal--to be with her daughter on her first day of school, along with all the other mothers in her village.  Set in the harsh, awe-inspiring landscape of South Africa's Zululand, the film features an all-South African cast and was written and directed by Darrell James Roodt, director of Cry, the Beloved Country.

This is a free screening, made possible by HBO Films.

STATE OF DENIAL  --  Sunday, March 11, 2:30 PM
(2003, Approx. 82 minutes, color, English)

State of Denial takes an unprecedented and unflinching look at how the citizens of South Africa are living with the AIDS epidemic, given the climate of confusion and neglect perpetuated by President Mbeki's administration. Producer/Director Elaine Epstein, a native South African who has worked extensively in AIDS and public health, offers a unique insider's look at the complex issues affecting the nearly five million South Africans living with HIV and AIDS. The film offers a moving account of a society struggling to overcome the harsh realities of illness, global healthcare inequities, and government paralysis.

Intimate conversations capture the unbreakable spirit of a people determined to conduct their lives with dignity, grace, and humor. As one man contemplates death, he pleads that God should spare his wife so that his children will not be orphaned. In another exchange, a young woman elicits laughter from her HIV/AIDS support group as she recounts how she was abandoned by a date after revealing she is HIV positive. To provide context to these personal stories, Epstein also secures candid, in-depth interviews with some of the country's most notable politicians, health care professionals, and activists‹some of whom are her former colleagues.

Informative and thoughtful, State of Denial is a compelling documentary that highlights the complicated circumstances exacerbating a national health crisis. With images of pain, outrage, defiance, and hope, the film is an insightful investigation of humanity persevering in the face of unimaginable atrocity. South Africa may feel like a distant land, but these people and their stories possess an uncanny familiarity.

This is a free screening, made possible by Underdog Films, Inc - www.underdogs.com

http://www.stateofdenial.org/

  • Screening followed by Q & A with Sharon Gelman, Executive Director of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA)

Planned in conjunction with the closing weekend of the exhibitions:

  • Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture by Adriana Bertini -- closing on Sunday, March 11
  • The Keiskamma Altarpiece: Transcending AIDS in South Africa -- also closing on Sunday, March 11

Convenient parking is available in Lot 4, accessible from Sunset Blvd at Westwood. Parking is $8; automated pay stations in the lot accept $1 and $5 bills and credit/debit cards.


Cost : Free and open to the public; no reservations required.

Fowler Museum of Cultural History310-825-4361
www.fowler.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): , World Arts & Cultures/Dance, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Artists for a New South Africa.

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