War Against AIDS

$6,525 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 19 months
David Barstow
for Empact Africa Corporation
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 A film about the future of the AIDS epidemic

Why? Because the war against AIDS is not over and the stakes are very high

Why Now? Because the moral urgency is greater than ever

How We Lost the War Against AIDS is a future documentary set in the year 2030, after HIV and AIDS have come roaring back in the 2020s.  A conference panel of experts looks back at the fifty-year history of the epidemic, with a special focus on the late 2010s, identifying the things that went wrong, the mistakes that were made, and the opportunities that were missed.  The film ends with a reminder that it is only 2018, that there is still time to do the things that the future panelists wish we had done, that there is still time to win the war against AIDS.

The film will be released in July 2018, following a series of public service announcements reminding us all that the war against AIDS is not yet over.

Learn more at WarAgainstAIDS.org 
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EMPACT Africa is a sponsor of the War Against AIDS documentary and is helping to raise funds.
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Thanks to all of you who supported the production of this video trailer. We hope you like what you helped create. Our next step is to produce the full documentary with real experts instead of actors. If we reach our $50,000 goal by September 15, we can start filming the experts.
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The next step in our movie project is to produce a video trailer. We have set a fund-raising goal of $8,000 this weekend so that we can begin production next week. To help us get there, two people have generously offered to match the first $1,000 raised between now and noon Saturday. Any donation you are able to make before Saturday at noon will be matched 2 for 1. For example, if you are able to donate $100, that triples to $300 to help create the trailer, a great first step toward producing a film that will confront people with the reality of the war against AIDS while there is still time to ensure that we win the war. Please help us reach our goal by donating to the project before noon on Saturday.
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Why make another AIDS movie? We’ve had several good ones: And the Band Played On, Philadelphia Story, Dallas Buyers Club, a South African one that I particularly like, Life, Above All, and many others. So why make another? The main reason is that the AIDS epidemic has faded from the public consciousness. For a variety of reasons, most people don’t think about AIDS much anymore. Perhaps they think the war is already over, that the scientific and medical advances of the last few decades have solved the problem. Perhaps they think that the epidemic only affects other people, people we don’t need to care about. Perhaps it’s just fatigue, with other issues pushing AIDS aside. Whatever the cause, the lack of attention and awareness may lead us to make some serious mistakes with some even more serious consequences.

The reality is that the war against AIDS is not over. It could be over. We have the tools and weapons we need, we just need to use them well. But there’s a real danger that we won’t use our weapons well, and that as a result, we will lose the war. A recent study by UNAIDS and The Lancet medical journal described two different future scenarios. If we work a little harder, doing what we know how to do, then we can end AIDS as a public health threat by the year 2030. But if we don’t, then HIV and AIDS will come roaring back in the 2020s, and the epidemic could be worse than it ever was. Tens of millions of people will needlessly die. So one reason to make another AIDS movie is to raise the public consciousness, so that we all understand how are the stakes are.

The reason to make this movie now is the urgency with which we must act. We are at a critical point in the epidemic. What the world does in the next few years, and particularly what the United States does in the next twelve months, will set the stage for winning or losing the war against AIDS. We could choose to strengthen our moral and financial leadership, re-committing to ending the AIDS epidemic. Or we could choose to cut back on our commitment, putting many lives at risk, and effectively throwing away the very successful investments that have brought us close to victory in the war against AIDS. I hope that this movie will help us choose wisely.
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$6,525 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 19 months
Created May 10, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Empact Africa Corporation
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