God Has AIDS

Deus tem AIDS

  • Gustavo Vinagre, Fábio Leal
  • Brazil
  • 2021
  • 82 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

Forty years after the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, a person infected with the virus is no longer automatically condemned to death; the disease has become a chronic condition. But in Brazil, where many still directly associate HIV/AIDS with homosexuality and a promiscuous lifestyle, the stigma surrounding the disease remains high. President Bolsonaro’s hateful rhetoric in recent years has fueled “serophobia,” and his budget cuts are hitting educational programs and clinics. As a consequence, more than 10.000 people a year in Brazil die from this treatable disease.

Seven artists and an activist doctor—all HIV-positive—speak out against the fatal ignorance, but also against racism in the gay scene and the total invisibility of women with HIV/AIDS. Through dance, performance, and poetry, they give HIV-positive people a face. They even manage to take something positive from their serological status: a better understanding of their bodies and their mortality.

Credits

  • 82 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Portuguese
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Gustavo Vinagre, Fábio Leal
Production
Dora Amorim for Ponte Produtoras, Júlia Machado for Ponte Produtoras, Thais Vidal for Ponte Produtoras, Fábio Leal, Gustavo Vinagre
Executive producer
Dora Amorim for Ponte Produtoras, Júlia Machado for Ponte Produtoras
Co-production
Julia Alves for Sancho&Punta
Cinematography
Tiago Calazans

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