Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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There were hands up for #HIVprevention at Heymann Brother’s Belgian premiere of “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?”

Who's Gonna Love Me Now - Film Cover

Saar is an HIV positive gay man living in London, where he found refuge from the religious kibbutz where he grew up in Israel. Ever since he was diagnosed with HIV, Saar has craved his family's love, while they struggle with fears and prejudices. Saar and the rest of the London Gay Men's Chorus provide a glorious soundtrack for this documentary about the power of forgiveness and the power that home has, no matter how far we go.

Ciné-ONU was proud to partner with the Israeli Mission to the EU and UNFPA to mark World AIDS Day and bring this moving and uplifting documentary to Brussels. World AIDS Day 2016 raises awareness for HIV Prevention acknowledging that prevention goes beyond access to services, it’s about more inclusive societies. 

Cinema Galeries Brussels - Entrance

The projection of “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now” was followed by a discussion with Israeli film director, Barak Heymann, Sensoa volunteer, Karl Crabbé, and senior advisor in the UNFPA Brussels office, Ivan Hermans. The evening’s discussion was moderated by Carlos Jiménez Renjifo, from UNRIC.

Family ties lay at the heart of this film, and this translated into the discussion to follow with director Barak Heymann stating, “It’s not a movie about homosexuality or being gay. It’s about communication and family.”

It is clear that a lot of work needs to be done to change the image of HIV in society. Karl Crabbé added, “The biggest danger today for the epidemic is silence.” It remains critical to a give a voice to that which is hidden according to Barak Heymann, who reminded the audience that people with HIV are physically well, but not socially, emphasing the importance of how film can have a practical influence, and in this case, bring a family together. 

 Barak Heymann and Karl Crabbe at Ciné-ONU screening of Who's Gonna Love Me Now
Director Barak Heymann and Karl Crabbé (right)

Tolerance and awareness are key. Ivan Hermans from UNFPA acknowledged that there has been a lot of progress, but on the other hand, there is more that needs to be done, noting “that 20 years ago at the start of the epidemic there were 7,000 new cases of HIV infection every day, and despite all the progress we have made, in 2016 we are still recording 6,000 new cases every day, so we must not get complacent.”

“Hatred and bigotry spread disease and – as the founders of this movement taught – silence equals death,” stressed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on this World AIDS Day, and through the Sustainable Development Goals, the international community is committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Please find the handout from our event here, and for more great photos from the night, please click here. 

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