Condoms, Fish & Circus Tricks
A compelling narrative on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa.
Shot in Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia, Condoms, Fish & Circus Tricks takes an intimate look at the people who are dying, those who are caring for them and why AIDS has had such a devastating impact on African society.
A group of Durban street kids, trained in circus, guide us through the harsh realities of living with the HIV/AIDS crisis. The circus becomes a visual metaphor for countries where the fight against AIDS depends on the ability to juggle, build pyramids and to balance issues of poverty, health care and education.
In a remote village in northern Malawi the struggle is led by local volunteers who care for the dying and 50 orphaned children without the aid of medicines, transport, clean water or even rubber gloves. In a fishing community on Zambia's windswept Kafue Flats 10,000 people live a nomadic existence and often trade sex for fish. Monze Mission hospital copes with three doctors, 300 beds and an estimated 8,000 HIV/AIDS patients.
Condoms, Fish & Circus Tricks discovers a "quiet revolution"
is underway as young people are talking about sex and starting to challenge
traditional concepts of sexuality. It is these young people that offer hope
for Africa's future.