About this project
Living With AIDS was conceived, filmed, and edited by Alex Trzebucki as part of an independent study project in the Department of Biology at Davidson College, under the directino of Dr. David Wessner. In this documentary, Alex provides a brief snapshot into the life of Beverly, an HIV+ woman, and her HIV+ daughter. More specifically, he focuses on the help Beverly has received from CarolinaRAIN, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, a volunteer faith support
network whose goal is to provide practical and spiritual
support to people with HIV/AIDS.
According to Alex, "Over four
months, I attended RAIN meetings, interviewed RAIN representatives,
and visited with Beverly and her child on numerous occasions. Living with AIDS seeks to show the power of a support system and how genuine concern and love for a complete stranger can be deeply transforming and meaningful for both the giver and the receiver.
This featurette delves into
religion's place in the HIV crisis. Amy Brooks, Ruth Deal, and
Beverly discuss the persistance of stigma through faith communities
and society. Amy discusses how RAIN attempts to ease the suffering
of HIV+ individuals and redefine the role religion can play in
Amy, Ruth, and Beverly discuss
the CareTEAM model used by the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network.
Through this system RAIN assists HIV+ individuals in logistical,
emotional, and spiritual aspects of their struggle. Beverly tells
how she first learned of RAIN and how important they have been
in her life.
In this featurette from my
2002 Documentary "HIV Healthcare", HIV physicians from
New York and North Carolina discuss the need for better education
methods and preventative efforts among the young population in
this country. Dr. Carol Harris, a leading infectious disease physician
and director of the World AIDS Institute at the Albert Einstein
College of Medicine, details the hardest part of her long history
with AIDS--new infections and the failure of education. Along
with Dr. Freda Chu, an infectious disease physician in the New
York area, and J. Wesley Thompson, PA-C, of the Jemsek Clinic
in Huntersville, North Carolina, the issue of stemming new HIV
infections is discussed as an imperative for reducing the rate
of infectious in the fastest growing sector of new HIV infection--young