Post Screening discussion with Adam Geary, Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona and an Affiliate of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies. His research is in critical AIDS studies, and his forthcoming book Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic: State Intimacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) explores the roles of embodied vulnerability to disease and structural racism in the history and current contours of the US epidemic.
Part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council with additional funding provided by Ventana Charitable Foundation, The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, University of Arizona School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona. Click here to view the films and schedule.
deepsouth explores the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most distant corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive. Josh, a college student, seeks the support of an underground gay family miles from his suffocating Mississippi Delta hometown. With no funds and few resources, Monica and Tammy tirelessly try to unite reluctant participants at their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Kathie, an Alabama activist, spends 120 days every year on the road fighting a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South. Each of these stories shares a particular perspective on life with HIV in a region of the United States often ignored by politicians and the public – a point of view that turns out to be both educational and inspirational. (Dir. by Lisa Biagiotti, 2012, USA, 72 mins., Not Rated)