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Full length and segment videos from AVON and Kanopy.

AVON, Academic Video Online, has over 60,000 titles covering a wide range of academic subjects. Kanopy streams thousands of films including classic cinema, documentaries, independent movies, and foreign films.

Target Zero: Preventing HIV Transmission

Target Zero: Preventing HIV Transmission

Target Zero is an animation/documentary hybrid series that focuses on the importance of compassionate care of HIV-positive patients, using character-based stories to provide an understanding of diseases and medications at the molecular level and the rationale for patient compliance to HIV drug regimens. The series of three films tells the stories of two HIV-positive pregnant women hoping to deliver HIV-negative babies, and two young men hoping to prevent contracting the HIV virus using PrEP. The project is collaboration among scientists with expertise in structural biology and documentary filmmakers who are striving to bring together science and art in order to educate and inspire.

Wilhemina's War Fighting HIV and AIDS in the South

Wilhemina's War:  Fighting HIV and AIDS in the South

In much of America, progress in HIV/AIDS treatment suggests the worst is behind us, but every year 50,000 Americans are still diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS. Astonishingly, it's one of the leading causes of death of African American women. And nearly half of the Americans with HIV live in the South, where the AIDS epidemic has taken root in rural communities.

WILHEMINA'S WAR is an intimate, personal narrative that tells the story of one family's struggle with HIV over the course of five years. Despite facing institutional and personal obstacles every step of the way, 62-year-old Wilhemina Dixon works tirelessly to combat the stigma and care for her daughter and granddaughter, both HIV-positive.

Behind the Fear - The Hidden Story of HIV

Behind the Fear - The Hidden Story of HIV

HIV is a disease- no, HIV is the virus that makes up the disease called- wait...AIDS is a virus- what? No! The "AIDS virus" has been a conundrum since its inception in 1984 as "HIV, The Virus that Causes AIDS," and so mysterious that few people questioned the potency of the deadliest of rampant viruses. Even still today, most people won't doubt in their minds that AIDS is something that they want to avoid, even if by the act of luck, and not by various forms of protection.

But how can one of the scariest viruses in the world be so poorly understood, and even today, so rarely mentioned as a fear in one's life? Nicole Zwiren, director of "Behind the Fear, the hidden story of HIV", interviews top AIDS scientists, doctors, journalists and HIV patients regarding the science, or lack thereof, behind HIV. Narrated by Ed Asner.

Thing With No Name: The Story of HIV Positive Women in South Africa

Thing With No Name: The Story of HIV Positive Women in South Africa

This feature-length documentary provides an unprecedented, intimate glimpse into the traditional life of a rapidly changing culture. The story follows Danisile and Ntombeleni, two women with full-blown AIDS as they attempt to access recently introduced antiretroviral (ARV) treatment through the public sector. Danisile responds well to the medications, with the support of her family and her volunteer nurse. Ntombeleni does not respond as positively, experiencing the delirium and difficult side effects that are a strong source of controversy within the Zulu culture.

Still Around: 15 Short Films Commemorating the 30-year Anniversary of the Epidemic HIV Story Project

Still Around: 15 Short Films Commemorating the 30-year Anniversary of the Epidemic HIV Story Project

Commemorating the 30-year anniversary of the epidemic in 2011, The HIV Story Project, a San Francisco based film collective, commissioned and produced 15 short films that portray people living with HIV/AIDS from the San Francisco Bay Area - a region that has been deeply affected by the disease. The end result is Still Around, a feature length compilation that weaves a diverse slate of stories into one powerful video AIDS quilt of our times. From straight forward verite documentary, to spoken words piece, dance film or experimental short anything goes. Each piece is 4-5 minutes in length and tells a personal story in a truthful and forthright manner.

A Closer Walk

A Closer Walk

A Closer Walk is the first film to depict humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic...  Subjects and story lines encompass the broad spectrum of the global AIDS experience and include people with HIV/AIDS from all walks of life; AIDS children and orphans and those caring for them; doctors, nurses, and social workers; human rights advocates; and prominent scientists, economists, researchers, government leaders, and NGO officials.

We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco

We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco

An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. WE WERE HERE offers a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through, and responded to, the onset of AIDS. It opens a window of understanding to those who have only the vaguest notions of what transpired in those years and provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services, and community support.

These Are Our Children

These Are Our Children

These Are Our Children reveals how the devastating effects of poverty, HIV/AIDs, and violence on Kenyan children are successfully being reduced through grassroots interventions.

Over 300,000 children live on the streets Nairobi, stealing, begging, and prostituting themselves for food and money and more than one million children in Kenya have been affected by the HIV-AIDs crisis. Yet, through hope and hard work, we learn from the children and the adults they work with that schools and grass-root organizations are creating a future in which all children can realize their dreams to be teachers, pilots, doctors, generals, and world-famous soccer players.

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