Sunday, June 24th at 5:00 pm
Thirteen Percent (2012, 90 min), directed by DC filmmaker Art Jones, takes a probing look at how and why 13% of the population has come to account for 50% of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the country.
African-Americans account for 13 percent of the US population, yet they account for 50% of all new infections — surpassing by far the numbers needed to qualify as an epidemic. In fact, Blacks are disproportionately affected by many measures — including higher infections among Black women and gay males than in their white counterparts. Reversing this epidemic will take a renewed sense of urgency and a campaign that is both focused and culturally sensitive. THIRTEEN PERCENT explores the evolution of the virus in Black America and what it will take to stop the epidemic.
Interviews with trailblazers such as Pastor Rainey Cheeks of Inner Light Ministries, Paul Kawata of the National AIDS Minority Council and Pernessa Seele, founder of Balm In Gilead are featured, along with a variety of individuals who are living with HIV. As Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton warns, “We are spreading death among ourselves.”
Following the screening, we will have a Q&A audience discussion with the film’s director and co-producer, as well as many of the DC-based experts and HIV-positive persons featured in the film.
*Suggested Donation: $10 to support BloomBars. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.
BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers and other experts. Our goal is to provide a unique experience that a local Cineplex cannot – an opportunity for discussion that allows a better understanding of issues affecting our communities and our world.
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