UK Premiere - "I Won't Go Quietly"
Ann Sono's film about women dealing with an HIV+ diagnosis, "I Won't Go Quietly", is to have its UK premier at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on 25th April, 2014, starting at 6pm. It will cost £5, but that includes a free drink (soft) and a discussion panel after the film.
The film documents the journey of each of the women, how they dealt with the diagnosis initially, how their relationships with medical professionals and the law changed, their own history of whether they took medication or not, the implications for their children, and for some, a tragic eventual ending.
The film is powerful and moving, and anyone whose brain isn't totally switched off or stuck in the tramlines of an orthodox perspective will have questions about what doctors and the majority of the media keep promulgating about HIV and AIDS - and those 'life-saving' drugs. It is filmed approximately 50% in English and the rest is subtitled in English.
The discussion panel afterwards will include:
- The Director, Ann Sono, who will be able to share behind the scenes details, stories that had to be cut, and follow-up.
- Joan Shenton, former national TV broadcaster and journalist, and award-winning documentary maker. She has just finished editing a documentary about a group of long-term 'non-progressors' - now branded 'elite controllers' by the AIDS orthodoxy just to make sure you believe there's no hope of you emulating their success - and we hope to be announcing when that will be shown soon as well.
- Mike Hersee, co-founder of HEAL London, who has been involved with a number of couples and single mothers and their battles to protect their children against the bullying and arrogant onslaught by the medical establishment, aided and abetted by an obseqious judiciary
- At least one or two women who have found themselves in the same situation as women in the film and who will be able to answer questions personally.
The film promotional website is http://www.iwontgoquietly.com/en/
NOTE: This is a ticketed-only event. To book your seat now, go to http://www.ticketor.com/bluebell.de/tickets/i-won-t-go-quietly-british-premiere-700
House of Numbers showing in North London
Cine Matters at the Community arts centre Passing Clouds in Dalston, North London, will be screening House of Numbers on Sunday 1st May 2011. Passing Clouds is a thriving and busy community centre, located here. The exact address is 1, Richmond Road, London E8 4AA, just off Kingsland Road, behind The Haggerston pub. If you find this, you're not far away. There's also a bar inside the community centre though so you may prefer to imbibe in the slightly more hippy environment of Passing Couds itself.
The nearest stations are Haggerston (330m) Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction, and buses are 38, 55, 67, 149, 242, 243. Note: Not all those stations are visible on Streetmap.co.uk, but they can be seen on the overground section of the london tubemap, available here.
The screening will start promptly at 7pm and afterwards there will be a discussion panel.
Nadja Benaissa - Criminal or Victim?
German popstar Nadja Benaissa has been found guilty of recklessly infecting her boyfriend with HIV by having unprotected sex with him after she’d been diagnosed HIV positive. But there are a number of clues that raise serious questions about whether she could technically have committed the crime at all.
Special Showing of House of Numbers in London
There will be a special free showing of the multi-award-winning documentary House of Numbers on Sunday 13th March at 11am. The Cinema is The Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey at 10 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN.
House of Numbers examines many of the traditional beliefs about HIV/AIDS people take for granted by interviewing many of the worlds top AIDS experts, including Robert Gallo, Luc Montagnier, David Baltimore Robin Weiss, Anthony Fauci, James Curran, James Chin, Donald Francis, and other leading figures in the AIDS orthodoxy, as well as gay men who were heavily involved in gay culture and activism at the time that AIDS hit the public consciousness such as Martin Delaney and the now-late Hank Wilson who died recently. Director Brent Leung also questions several key figures who challenge orthodox perspectives such as Peter Duesberg and Nobel Laureate Kary Mulli. To uncover the facts director Brent Leung visits many desitnations round the world including AIDS hotspots such as South Africa.
House of Numbers has won multiple awards at film festivals including three 'best of festival' and several 'best documentary' awards, including the 'Golden Ace' winner at the Las Vegas film festival. At several film festivals there have been attempts to disrupt screenings. At the Raindance film festival in London in 2009 the organisers received enormous opposition in a bid to prevent the film being screened, prompting Xavier Rashid, one of the programmers and organisers, to say they'd received,
"...A dozen legal letters and threats, and warnings from scientists and HIV victims and solicitors in New York, all trying to make us pull out the film from the festival. Because of all this criticism that it was supposedly denialist we've had to go through it in 15 second intervals...to try and figure out if the criticism had any grounding, and we really did not find anything to corroborate all the criticism we've received... My personal opinion is that it's a fantastic film" (to hear the full quote click here)
This screening is being organised for a documentary to mark journalist and documentary maker Joan shenton's 20 years of documenting controversy about AIDS. Her company, Meditel, was the first independent TV company to win Documentary of the Year in the UK. After the screening there will be a discussion and a chance to ask questions of a panel including Mike Hersee who runs HEAL London and Dr Christian Fiala, a Viennese Ob/Gyn who has worked extensively in Africa and especially in one of the supposedly most AIDS-hit countries in Africa, Uganda. He was also on former South African president Thabo Mbeki's AIDS panel. There will also be a chance to talk to Joan Shenton and to voice your opinion for the vox-pops.
Cheryl Cole's hidden Malaria legacy
We're glad to see that Cheryl Cole is well on the way to recovery after her nasty bout of Malaria she apparently picked up in Tanzania. From HEAL London's undercover filming a local doctor in Uganda reported that when he was doing his internship, of the 100 children brought to the hospital each day with what was believed to be Malaria, only 40 would survive. So let's be clear: It certainly was no PR over-dramatisation of the truth on this occasion - she really was in danger.
One advantage she was likely to have over many native Africans though that may have assisted her recovery is that as well as access to the most expensive medical care, is that she at least had access to adequate nutrition on a long term basis. Whether she has actually been partaking of that opportunity sufficiently is not entirely known.
However, even when she is fully recovered the Malaria will leave behind a hidden legacy she would be well to pay heed as within there lurks a hidden danger.