March 27, 2012

FESTIVALS / EVENTS: UNICEF brings acclaimed HIV film to Documentary Edge Film Festival (NEW ZEALAND)

UNICEF NZ is bringing four children's rights documentaries to the screen at the upcoming Documentary Edge Film Festival.
The festival, which opens in Auckland on 26 April and will continue in Wellington from 17 May, will include the highly acclaimed film The Carrier.
The Carrier is a powerful story of one woman's journey as she comes to terms with HIV and the impact the virus is having on her family and community. 28-year-old Mutinta Mweemba is caught in a desperate struggle to stop the disease being passed onto her unborn child.
Every day around the world about 1,000 children are newly infected with HIV. Vulnerable newborns can contract the virus from their HIV positive mothers during pregnancy, labour or delivery. Without treatment, a third of babies with HIV won't live to see their second birthday.
The good news is that there is a way to stop this happening by giving medication to pregnant mothers and newborns and UNICEF NZ is supporting mothers to do this.

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