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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Raising Voices
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Uganda
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2007
Available in French: No

Sasa is a Kiswahili word that means "now". This film tells the stories of two women and their experiences with violence and HIV/AIDS. Along with their personal perspectives, the film includes analysis from experts and leaders about how these two pandemics are linked and what we must do to prevent them. SASA! follows the lives of Mama Joyce in Mwanza, Tanzania and Josephine in Kampala, Uganda as they share their experiences of domestic violence, how that violence led to their HIV positive status and how their positive status led to more violence. Violence against women is fueling the HIV epidemic in Africa - it is both a cause and a consequence of HIV infection. The stories of Mama Joyce and Josephine highlight the need for awareness, support and action. Both women have become activists in their communities. They provide support and are catalysts for change.

Photo by Nathan Shields

  • Columbus International Film & Video Festival, The Chris Statuette
  • Moondance Film Festival in Hollywood, CA, Columbine Award, for Short Documentary

Links: http://www.raisingvoices.org/women/Sasa_film.php

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