Positive Youth is a one hour television documentary which follows four HIV+ positive youth (late teens to 27) in four different N. American cities in Cinema vérité style. Growing up in the 1980s and 90s we were hammered with terrifying statistics of HIV/AIDS. Thirty years in, we are still learning. What education do youth receive now and why is the youth transmission rate still the highest? We have seen retrospective documentaries on the AIDS crisis and interviews with survivors but what about the positive youth of today? We aim to feature accessible and inspirational individuals and the often-rocky road that they've traveled to get here. Each of the four subjects have been selected to create a dynamic perspective on the reality of living positive today. Medical and psychological experts weigh in to provide up-to-date facts and a historical context to the reality of living positively. In life we are inherently afraid of the unknown: of death. Our film will show this in action by ... Written by
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Three young men that have contracted HIV tell their story on film, while one young woman tells her story about living with and being raised by an HIV positive mother.
Positive Youth was a great documentary that presented very interpersonal stories about young adults that are infected or affected by HIV. It was very educational, very emotional, and very inspiring to see the young people in this movie that have this virus and were still so positive about life, and were not letting HIV define them or prevent them from going after their dreams and falling in love. Speaking of falling in love, the documentary did a fantastic job displaying the lifestyle of a HIV youth in perspectives to dating which one would think would extremely difficult. However, the film shed an entirely different light on the issue and was really inspiring to see open-minded people falling in love with the person and not being scared away from their romantic desires because of HIV.
I give this film an "A" overall because it was very eye opening, and really inspiring to see such positive people in what many would consider to be grim circumstances. I had wished this film divulged the parents reactions when they found out their child was HIV positive, because the film discussed how difficult it was on the parents but there were no parent testimonials in the film. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to see this movie at the Phoenix Film Festival. There were numerous people in the film in attendance and there was a question and answer segment after the film which really added to the experience and the amazingness to this film. I wish everyone would see this film, because it would help eliminate the negative stigma that follows HIV.
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