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Sun 1 Dec, 2013
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“We wanted to tackle society as a whole to help fight discrimination"

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Youth Invited to Design Social Media Strategy for UNAIDS

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Film director tackles Middle East HIV ‘taboo’

Dubai: The Middle East which has long had one of the lowest HIV prevalence rates is witnessing a steady increase in infection rates. While governments blame the problem on foreigners such as migrants, tourists and prostitutes, the real problem lies with government negligence and the lack of education programmes to spread awareness about the disease, according to activists.

As the world marks on December 1 World AIDS Day, one Lebanese film director has tackled the social taboo in a new film being released on the same day. In an interview with Gulf News, Elie Ballan says believes his film is important in getting people talking about HIV, a taboo subject for many Arab countries.

“We wanted to tackle society as a whole to help fight discrimination. Once the topic was in my head, I could not take my mind off of it,” he said. Entitled, Change the film is a metaphorical representation of the MENA mindset against HIV/AIDs.

It begins with lead actor Nabil Ghosn waking up in an empty room. The space reflects his spirit, seasoned by hardship. As Nabil exits the cold room, he passes through a ‘stigma point’ and is captured and confined to a cell along with other HIV positive patients. Nabil refuses to accept the mindset of society and fights to escape.

To read more : http://gulfnews.com/news/region/lebanon/film-director-tackles-middle-east-hiv-taboo-1.1260602


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