Sex in an Epidemic-Director Jean Carlomusto & AIDS Activist Waheedah Shabazz-El in person



Ibrahim Theater @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Directed by Jean Carlomusto

Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 PM
Ibrahim Theater @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe members

Director Jean Carlomusto & AIDS activist Waheedah Shabazz-El in person for a post-screening discussion

Presented in partnership with Film@International House, Bebashi, Act Up Philadelphia, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, The William Way Community Center, Mazzoni Center, Attic Youth Center, HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division at University of Pennsylvania, and University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board

By focusing specifically on the need for honest comprehensive sex education, this engaging documentary provides a sociocultural perspective on the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its ongoing impact on the most effected populations including the gay, African-American and Latino communities. Incorporating interviews and media footage from the earliest days of the AIDS panic through the present, Sex in an Epidemic reminds us that, though the world has been living with the realities of HIV/AIDS for nearly 30 years, ignorance and prejudice about the disease must still be combated. (USA, 2010, 70 minutes)

Jean Carlomusto’s films have been exhibited internationally in festivals, museums and on television. In L is for the Way You Look, she pieced together lesbian history using whatever scraps of gossip and memory she could find. In To Catch a Glimpse, she delved into her family history by trying to find out if the rumors about her grandmother's death from a botched abortion in 1939 were true. Her celebrated work, Shatzi is Dying, is a multilayered treatise exploring queer culture, AIDS politics, life and death, traced through the near death experiences of a beloved rescue dog. Sex in an Epidemic is the outgrowth of over 20 years of making videos about the HIV/AIDS movement. Carlomusto is a professor of Media Arts at Long Island University.

Waheedah Shabazz-El, a 55-year-old African American Muslim woman, is a Community Organizer and Trainer with the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP). Waheedah is a retired Postal Worker who was diagnosed with AIDS in 2003. Since her diagnosis, she has become a fervent member of the social justice movement and an AIDS activist, advocate, educator and community organizer. Certified in HIV prevention, she is also an organizer and spokesperson for ACT-UP Philadelphia. Waheedah is a graduate of Project TEACH Outside and Project TEACH, educational advocacy programs at Philadelphia FIGHT. She is employed by Philadelphia FIGHT as an HIV counselor and tester and volunteers as a peer educator. She is an organizer for the Philadelphia County Coalition for Prison Health-Care, an editor of Prison Health newsletter, and a member of the PRHCN (Prison Re-Entry Health-Care Network). She is a member of the Ryan White Positive Committee for Philadelphia’s Office of HIV Planning. Waheedah is also the Chairperson for the Community Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for AIDS Research and is a Steering Committee Member for the Prevention Justice Alliance.

On Monday, December 5, 7PM, Jean Carlosmusto discusses her strategies toward developing an integral approach to documentary subjects with particular attention to histories that have been forgotten, neglected or left unsaid. MORE INFO

Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts