Running Time: 90 minutes
At the outset this strange new disease was mysteriously devouring countless young otherwise healthy white, gay Americans.
Thirty years after its onset the face of AIDS is no longer the image of lesion-covered, gaunt faces, or IVs dripping into the narrow blue/green veins of dying AIDS patients. Because of this new, healthier "look," the general public now appears to believe the AIDS crisis is over or -- at the very least -- under control.
As a collective calm settled over the general population, a dark cloud descended upon the African-American community. Reported by the Centers for Disease Control in 2004, and every year since, black Americans, who make up13% of the population account for 50% of all new HIV/AIDS infections.
Thirteen Percent is an epic exploratory journey that seeks to discover how such disproportionate numbers have come to be.
In our investigation we follow the stories of several people within the three top subgroups most susceptible to falling prey to this virus:
In addressing the MSM group, we follow the lives of:
Sharing stories with those between 13-29 are:
In addressing the most vulnerable subgroup, women between 25-44, are three powerful and dynamic ladies:
Imaginatively woven throughout each and every story will be stirring research detailing
Thirteen Percent will also present:
Mind boggling sums of money have already been allotted to address the American AIDS crisis. Clearly today their exists an American AIDS Industry. Thirteen Percent follows the money trail to learn if there is a greater interest by influential individuals and institutions to eradicate or just sustain this epidemic.
How did they do it? Other nations have created strategies and initiated programs that served to reduce the number of new AIDS patients (UK, Brazil, Uganda, Thailand, Kenya). What might we here in America learn for these nations and their programs?
Examining what the white gay community did to bring public and political attention to addressing this crisis, and thus reducing the numbers of new infections
Where do we go from here?.. Learning from effective strategies that have worked to reduce the number of new AIDS victims: Redirecting the course of AIDS in black America
Thirteen Percent will close with an interpretative dance performed by 13 dynamic young dancers, honoring several prominent blacks who have succumbed to AIDS, done to the tune of Michael Jackson's song, "Gone too Soon."
Thirteen Percent is a hard hitting film aimed at presenting a comprehensive look at this problem in America's black community, while shedding light on bringing it under control.
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