State of Denial | Chicago Reader

State of Denial

Elaine Epstein's 2002 documentary about South Africa's AIDS crisis centers on a tragic irony: the country's current president, Thabo Mbeki, will—despite his good intentions—likely be responsible for more deaths among his people than any of his apartheid-era predecessors. Stubbornly insisting there's no proof that HIV causes AIDS, Mbeki has refused to address the escalating epidemic, denying millions of HIV-positive South Africans drugs available in the United States and most European countries. Epstein focuses on six individuals, showing how each copes with the knowledge that, unless they make it into a sponsored program, they will not be able to acquire the life-saving medications they need. 86 min.

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