*Washington, DC — Still Eye Rise Media is proud to announce wrapping production of Growing Up Positive, a film about HIV/AIDS told through the eyes of two women who were born HIV+. The film was in production for several years and anticipates a warm reception for World AIDS Day on December 1st.
Writer/Director and Executive Producer, Yasmin Shiraz was inspired to produce Growing Up Positive while working on a book about an HIV+ teen. In her initial research, she realized HIV+ stories weren’t being told from a young person’s perspective, particularly about their schooling, dating, relationships and sexual experiences.
Growing Up Positive features two HIV activists, Hydeia Broadbent and Abigail Harrigan. Broadbent, a nationally and internationally known activist, has been speaking about HIV/AIDS her entire life and has been featured on Oprah as well as numerous other media outlets. Harrigan, an HIV educator who works for a university, didn’t start speaking out about HIV until she was in her late teens.
“I didn’t only want to be known as the girl with AIDS,” Broadbent shares in the film and testifies to how being an activist at such a young age prevented her from having a ‘normal’ life. She wanted to go to the prom and go to football games but a hectic activist schedule often prevented those opportunities.
“I didn’t have to take any HIV medication until I started having sex,” Harrigan shares in the film detailing what it was like to be a HIV+ person who didn’t require medication until becoming sexually active. Harrigan admits the first time she went to the clinic for her health, she had full blown AIDS after her first sexual encounter.
Their stories detail what its like to be taunted in school, to have to tell your college roommate you’re HIV+ and more. And, although Broadbent and Harrigan share some similarities, with Broadbent being an African American and Harrigan being a white American, race quietly plays a note throughout the film. At times Broadbent’s experiences seem more harsh and Harrigan’s seem more gentile. Is race the underlying cause?
Watch the trailer for “Grow
Growing Up Positive will be promoted at film festivals, colleges/universities as well as HIV/AIDS organizations throughout the US. To see the trailer online, please visit: http://www.stilleyerise.net.
Yasmin Shiraz is available for media interviews to discuss Growing Up Positive. Please contact Lisa Mellman for all media inquiries at [email protected].
About Still Eye Rise Media
An independent production company, Still Eye Rise Media focuses on creating impactful narratives and documentaries bringing to light truthful and shocking experiences young people are enduring throughout the US. Still Eye Rise Films produced the ground-breaking, award winning film, Can She Be Saved? which documents teen girl fights as well as Sources—an award winning documentary webseries which showcases youth stories about suicide.
About Yasmin Shiraz
Yasmin Shiraz is a best selling and award winning author of several books, including Retaliation: A Novel which was a Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers by the American Library Association as well as the critically acclaimed, The Blueprint for My Girls. She is the award winning Writer/Director of Can She Be Saved? which won Best Documentary at the NC Black Film Festival and the Best First Film at the Youth International Film Festival. As an empowerment speaker and youth activist, she has spoken at over 100 colleges and universities as well as organizations such as Planned Parenthood, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girls Inc and the YMCA to name a few. She is a trained sociologist having received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Hampton University and her Masters of Arts in Sociology from Morehead State University.
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