On Dec. 1, colleges and other spaces around the country and the world will be commemorating World Aids Day. In concert with the Isom Center, the Winter Institute, Student Health Affairs and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, the University of Mississippi will be showing the documentary deepsouth at Overby auditorium on Dec. 1 at noon.
deepsouth is a documentary about the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive.
Josh, a college student, seeks the support of an underground gay family miles away from his suffocating Mississippi Delta hometown. With no funds and few resources, Monica and Tammy try tirelessly to unite reluctant participants at their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Kathie, an Alabama activist, spends 120 days a year on the road fighting a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South.
The film has been on a grassroots film tour since July 2012, screening 60 times — 40 of them in the rural South, at the invitation of communities.
In the poignant words of Joshua Alexander: “Whatever is wrong down the line, we have to go back and fix it. In order to fix it, we have to find out what went wrong.”
AIDS is still a local, national, and international crisis and is seriously rising among our student populations. This event will be a national event with simultaneous screenings around the country.
Amelia Camurati is managing editor of HottyToddy.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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