Not Another AIDS Film documents the process and sleepless nights of producing the feature film PILI.
PILI is a feature length drama set in rural Tanzania. We follow the lead character ‘Pili’ over four days as she has the opportunity to change her life. Pili works the fields for less than $1 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV positive status in secret. When she is offered the chance to rent a sought-after market-stall, Pili is desperate to have it. But with no time to get the deposit together, Pili is forced to make increasingly difficult decisions with ever deepening consequences. How much will she risk to change her life?
The film is based on the stories of real women living with HIV/AIDS in the coastal region of Tanzania. The film uses real people rather than trained actors and real locations such as HIV/AIDS clinics in which to stage the drama. 65% of the cast are HIV positive.
It is an original film led by a female director, female producer, and predominantly female cast.
Information on PILI can be found on IMDb, Facebook and Twitter @PiliFilm. You can read more on the making of PILI in the Royal African Society journal African Affairs
This website will post images, films and blog post by me, Sophie, the producer of the film.
The film is funded by an AXA Insurance Outlook Grant and a Queen Mary University of London Innovation Fund award.