Documentary Movie Night 4/28/16 – Wilhemina’s War

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For our April 2016 Documentary Movie Night, we will be watching Wilhemina’s War about the impact of HIV/AIDS in the rural South among women of color.

Here is the description of the movie from the PBS website:

In much of America, progress in HIV/AIDS treatment and improvement in education may suggest the worst is behind us, but every year 50,000 Americans are still diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS. Astonishingly, nearly half of them live in the South, where the AIDS epidemic has taken root in rural communities, and is one of the leading causes of death among African Americans.

Wilhemina’s War is the story of Wilhemina Dixon, an uneducated daughter of sharecroppers who becomes a force in her family’s fight for survival from HIV and AIDS. Shot over the course of five years, the film bears witness to the resilience and determination of the human spirit in the face of tremendous adversity.  Wilhemina, or “Mina,” as everyone calls her, knows little about public policy, but a great deal about caring for the sick. Five of her family members are living with HIV, and she is the caregiver for her daughter, Toni, a drug addict, and her teenage granddaughter, Dayshal, born with HIV and now the victim of online bullying.

Here is a link the movie (55 minutes):
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/videos/wilheminas-war-full-film/.  You can watch the movie for free.

This movie shows what it is like to be a woman of color living with AIDs/HIV in the rural South in the US.  As you watch the movie, put on your #MacroSW hat and think about some of the policy, research and other macro-level issues that surround the individuals and families in this movie.

Here are the questions we hope to discuss during the chat:

  1. From the movie, what are some of the challenges for individuals and their families in the rural South who are suffering from AIDS/HIV?
  2. What are some macro-level approaches to addressing these challenges?
  3. What do you think is the most important policy issue affecting individuals with AIDS/HIV? Why?
  4. What do you think most Americans don’t realize about individuals living with AIDS/HIV, especially in the rural South?
  5. What single word best describes how the film made you feel?
  6. What’s next? How do we as social workers address the challenges experienced by individuals with living with AIDS/HIV?

About #MacroSW:

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out: http://macrosw.com

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