New Faces of Aids, The
We The People Living with Aids of the Delaware Valley & Scribe Video Center
Janet Williams & Cindy Wong
$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses
"I just love that place. It's a haven," a woman says with a joyous smile as the video opens. Featuring exuberant testamonials from HIV positive members of the We The People "family," this doumentary short lovingly documents a unique HIV and AIDS-themed social service agency located within shouting distance of City Hall. We The People, an organization run by and for people with HIV, has produced a moving video which documents the organization's efforts to emotionally, socially and economically empower people with the HIV-virus.
Once considered a gay man's disease, HIV and AIDS have long since expanded to every part of the world community (especially to those who are poor, uninsured and homeless), and the diverse selection of interviewees are a living testament to that new reality. A clothing bank, on staff physicians and nurses, housing assistance, life skills seminars, tuberculosis testing, lunch and dinner clubs -- the list of FREE services We The People offers is so long the narrator has to repeatedly take rejuvenating breaths. But it's clear that We The People's instant acceptance, lack of pretension, freely given hugs and reinforcement of the fact "there is a life beyond getting sick and dying" is as important to its members as its, say, free medical treatment and GED classes.
<"http://www.peoplewithaids.org">We the People Living with AIDS of the Delaware Valley is the only Philadelphia-based organization created and run by people living with HIV disease and AIDS. This organization serves as the major link to the larger medical and social services for the growing number of people with HIV/AIDS, many of whom are disenfranchised because of their own behavior or because of discrimination based on race, mental illness, substance abuse, income status, sexual preferences, lifestyles, etc. We The People does this by offering practical support services that our target population tells us that they need: diagnostic and medical services, meals, clothing, social connections, peer and professional substance abuse and mental health counseling and referrals, culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS risk reduction education, referrals to other services, and now a housing and recovery house.
Janet Williams works as a digital video artist and graphic designer in the Philadelphia area.
Cindy Wong has been a production facilitator for other Scribe projects including Face to Face and To the Point.