Health and Medicine (Aids) Movies on DVD
HIV-positive Gregg Gour is given six months to live at age 48, and uses that prognosis to make the most of his remaining time by undertaking an ambitious road trip across America. This powerful documentary accompanies Gour on his emotional journey as he decides to end his life on his own terms, asking family members to grieve with him and support him as he approaches death. 81 min. Soundtrack: English.
Noted Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami turns his camera on the central African nation of Uganda, where over 1.5 million children are growing up orphaned, in this moving documentary. See how, in a land ravaged by the twin terrors of AIDS and civil war, local hospitals and clinics work with a volunteer group of Ugandan women to take in and care for as many of these children as they can. 84 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Farsi and English; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. In English and Farsi with English subtitles.
This award-winning, groundbreaking documentary paints an honest and surprisingly humorous portrait of 11 people living with HIV. The late filmmaker Peter Adair, HIV-positive himself when he worked on the project, focuses on subjects ranging in age from 17 to 60, showing the variety of people who have tested positive for the virus. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurette; interviews; more.
Over the long course of the 1980s--when AIDS infection was solely regarded as a gay man's problem...and a death sentence--activists struggled ceaselessly to alter public perception and push politicians and pharmaceutical concerns towards the development of solutions. This documentary weaves copious archival footage for a comprehensive and moving chronicle of a determined battle for survival. 109 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; audio commentary; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer.
Featuring insights from such important figures as former President Bill Clinton, this documentary written, produced, and narrated by Madonna explores the plight of over one million children in the African nation of Malawi orphaned due to the AIDS pandemic. Through the heart-wrenching stories of poverty and adversity, viewers will marvel at how the children still manage to find happiness. In turn, everyone can learn a valuable lesson about respecting their fellow man. 94 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery.
Designated by CNN as a "Hero of 2011," Kenyan Patricia Sawo turned her struggle with HIV into a crusade to offer sanctuary, nourishment, and education to children orphaned because of the ravages of AIDS on her fellow citizens. This inspiring documentary reveals how a powerful combination of faith and compassion motivated her to life-saving action through her founding of the Discover to Recover Centre in Africa. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.
Danny Glover narrates this informative and powerful five-part series that examines the effects the horrific AIDS epidemic has had on the global community. Five people, all from vastly different backgrounds, relay the personal triumphs and tragedies they've encountered while dealing with the deadly illness. 113 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery; biography; featurettes.
As the scourge of AIDS exploded into the American consciousness during the early 1980s, New Jersey-born gay hustler Richard Berkowitz found himself drawn to social activism, formulating among colleagues then-controversial ideas about how to prevent the spread of the disease. This stirring documentary offers a sharp and sobering account of a tumultuous era. 75 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
An award-winning, compassionate documentary focusing on Tom Joslin and Mark Massi, lovers since the 1970s, who decided to turn their battle against the AIDS virus into a film diary. Each man contracts the disease, but Mark is the first to die, and Tom records his companion's painstaking struggle on film. 99 min. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus footage; interviews; biographies; scene access.
When will advances in medicine finally stop the scourge of AIDS? This award-winning program from "Frontline" provides a comprehensive history of the devastating pandemic, exploring both the science and misinformation associated with the disease and featuring a wealth of illuminating interviews with researchers, activists, and patients. 4 hrs. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
In the African nation of Malawi, 58% of the people suffering from HIV and AIDS are women. This powerful documentary explores why, despite being the majority of those infected, Malawi women are still discriminated against, making it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to receive proper health care. 33 min. Soundtrack: English and Chichewa; Subtitles: English; photo gallery; more. In English and Chichewa with English subtitles.
What are the scientific facts behind HIV and AIDS? This challenging production examines the beliefs of those who have set themselves apart from commonly accepted wisdom as presented by mainstream authorities in media, medicine, and government, encouraging a more holistic approach to treatment that criticizes core contemporary practices involved in battling the condition. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Experiencing the scourge of AIDS in South Africa, the children of the Agape orphanage turn to music as part of their efforts to cope with their losses, conquer their fears, and uplift their spirits. This moving documentary about the Agape Choir reveals a story of young people faced with heartbreaking challenges, told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl and her newly stricken family. 86 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Zulu; Subtitles: English; behind-the-scenes; interview; theatrical trailer. In Zulu with English subtitles.
How the San Francisco community confronted the AIDS epidemic from the 1980s through the 1990s is the subject of this moving documentary film. Interview subjects offer their vivid accounts of the era and chronicle how a diverse population came together in grief and moved forward with purpose, comforting one another and cultivating an activist spirit in the face of overwhelming sorrow. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; interviews; theatrical trailers; TV spots.