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The World's Most HIV-Infected Nation Faces Extinction. Is There Any Hope?
The UN has declared the small African kingdom of Swaziland to be the world's most HIV-infected nation... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Christians preach distorted public health doctrine but get great interviews and frightening data. See more (2 total) »

Directed by
Jason Djang 
Brent Gudgel 
Produced by
Tatiana Derovanessian .... executive producer
David Mahanes .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Kentopp 
Jason Livesay 
Nolan Livesay 
Cinematography by
Jason Djang 
Brent Gudgel 
Film Editing by
Jason Djang 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremy Casper .... additional camera operator
Jennifer D. Fodor .... camera work (as Jen Fodor)
Editorial Department
Tatiana Derovanessian .... post-production executive

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USA:63 min
Color (NTSC Color) | Color
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Christians preach distorted public health doctrine but get great interviews and frightening data., 23 August 2007
Author: accounts-120 from United States

This film is good and informative, but not to the level of votes it has received. The protagonists accomplished some good by focusing their AIDS/HIV education efforts on a high school in Swaziland. But they should be slapped for advancing an abstinence program when there's so much data indicating they don't work. Surprise, it turns out they are some stripe of missionary Christians (ballot stuffing by whom likely accounts for the very high scores this film has received on IMDb). In fact, many of the health officials interviewed describe numerous social and economic reasons why preaching abstinence would be useless here, but the producers/missionaries never seem to clue into that.

Dear Francis also subjects us to some fervent prayers that mostly reveal their misunderstanding of the situation. Aside from these serious and annoying drawbacks, the film is pretty good. Hairy scary factoid: of 35 people tested daily at the local health clinic, about 30 are HIV positive.

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