The Oakland Post Online (01.18.13)
The Bay Area is presenting PBS’s Frontline documentary “End Game: AIDS in Black America” for public viewing and discussion. The film was originally released in July 2012 and was first viewed at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. In the film, producer, writer, and director Renatta Simone examines why the HIV epidemic is more prevalent among African Americans than among Caucasians. It deals with race in America as well as HIV and how the virus has exploited the inability to deal with problems around race. It encourages people to start talking and becoming aware of the conditions African Americans face concerning HIV/AIDS in America.
Simone filmed her documentary in churches, clinics, a high school classroom, a prison, a nightclub, a restaurant kitchen, and on the street—all located across the country, in places like Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.
The showing launches a year-long program of events planned by two merging groups—the Bay Area Treatment Advocacy Network and the Bay Area Regional African American HIV/AIDS State of Emergency Coalition—in an effort to improve HIV treatment in the African-American community and to ensure that the community is ready to participate in the treatment process.
The showing of the documentary and intimate conversation with the community will be January 27 at 3:00 p.m. at the New Parkway Theatre, 474 24th St, Oakland, Calif. To purchase tickets for $10, visit Spectrumfilm012013.eventbrite.com or call (510) 575–8245.