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 black women.
The Chattery and Society of Work are teaming up with Chattanooga CARES and the NAACP to show documentary film Wilhemina's War. 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.
Watch the trailer here.
February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The film screening is sponsored by Chattanooga CARES, a Chattanooga nonprofit whose mission is to reach, assist, and support people impacted by HIV, Hepatitis C and STIs through compassionate and responsive delivery of education, health, social, and advocacy related services. The screening is in partnership with NAACP.
Free drinks from The Bitter Alibi and pizza provided.