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Sizanani: African TV Producers in the Global Network of Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS

01-12-2004 (Paris)
Sizanani: African TV Producers in the Global Network of Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS
Young TV producers interviewing a care giver
A documentary film entitled Sizanani has just been released by the organizers of the production training and awareness building workshop that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2004. The film is available for free distribution to broadcasters globally and is the first in the African series of productions created through the Global Network of Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS.
The film is set in Sizanani Village, 150 kms from Johannesburg in South Africa. Sizanani hosts the St. Joseph Care and Support Center, a hospice for the terminally ill; prevention programme, home-based care, voluntary counseling and testing, anti-retroviral therapy and care for orphans. Most of the patients have AIDS.

A group of young TV professionals from 7 Southern African countries meet at this venue to learn more about the challenges faced by people living with AIDS. They also intend to learn to produce better television programs through this experience. Ricus, their HIV/AIDS mentor, has introduced them to Mpho, a young mother of twins, HIV positive and part of the peer educators group in Sizanani Village. She does not want her family to know about her status but is not shy to speak to strangers about it.

Joseph, abandoned by his wife, takes care of his 6 year-old son. Father and son have tested positive but are managing very well. Joseph, also a peer educator, works on a vegetable garden while his little boy goes to school.

Ida is a traditional healer. She works as a bridge between modern medicine and traditional healing, encouraging patients to use traditional remedies without ignoring the use and importance of anti-retroviral therapy.

In this 26 minute documentary, produced in collaboration with the Children and Broadcasting Foundation, the young television producers speak to camera about their extraordinary experience at Sizanani Village. They provide important reflections about the media’s role on HIV/AIDS using a positive spirit based on a week-long encounter during their stay in South Africa.
Sizanani: African TV Producers in the Global Network of Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS Young TV producers shooting at the feeding scheme
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