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HIV positive cast star in Pili, the film shining a light on Tanzanian women living with HIV


A Queen Mary academic and a director have teamed up to produce a moving feature-length film highlighting the everyday struggles of women living with HIV in Tanzania, in which two-thirds of the cast are HIV positive. Politics and Global Health academic Dr Sophie Harman and director Leanne Welham co-produced the feature length film, which shines a spotlight on challenges faced by women living with the disease.

Dr Harman said: “It’s a story I’ve been wanting to tell for ten years. The majority of people living with HIV are women, and their stories are not heard outside of Tanzania.” She added: “This film is needed because we are getting to a point of complacency, but if you listen to the stories of women, it’s clear that stigma is not a thing of the past.”   

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