Positively Beautiful

Durban International Film Festival 2016: Short, sharp reviews by Brenda Daniels

I had the pleasure today of seeing the last DIFF screening of this South African documentary. The film details the stories of five adults who become friends through their shared journey as HIV positive people. Societal prejudice against the disease forms the backdrop for each participant’s experience, from animosity towards homosexuality to the risk of being killed for admitting one’s HIV status. The “positive” word in the title is a play, of course, on HIV and on how the participants bravely live out their lives. The strength of this film is the very personal depiction of each person’s story. I hope it gets future screenings in South Africa and abroad.

Visit www.durbanfilmfest.co.za for more information.

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