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Pandemic - Facing Aids
Pandemic - Facing Aids
Actors: Danny Glover, Elton John
Director: Rory Kennedy
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2003     1hr 53min

We are all too familiar with the statistics. In the last 20 years, HIV/AIDS has spread across barriers and affected people in every corner of the world. A total of 40 million people worldwide are currently infected with th...  more »


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Actors: Danny Glover, Elton John
Director: Rory Kennedy
Creators: Nick Doob, Tom Hurwitz, Rory Kennedy, Alicia Dwyer, Kate Amend, Annemarie Hou, Jed Rothstein, Liz Garbus, Nancy Abraham, Sheila Nevins, Trevor Neilson, Mark Bailey
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Gay & Lesbian, Docurama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Thai

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Movie Reviews

PANDEMIC - A global look at AIDS
Colleen A. Preston | North Carver, MA USA | 03/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rory Kennedy has done an outstanding job depicting the human face of AIDS in some of the world's most severely afflicted countries. You cannot come away from this film without an added awareness of the scope of this disease and the lives affected by it. It is not, however, a horribly depressing film. While Kennedy has painted a very real picture, she also focuses on the successes now possible with effective prevention, testing, and treatment. Human tenaciousness is alive in every segment and the film balances hope and despair beautifully. I found it riveting and moving - made all the more haunting by Philip Glass's music. Highly recommended."
If it wasn't for this film?
E. Powers | USA | 12/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We would still have our heads in the sand about this epidemic. We learn how some people became victims, what their familiies thought, who it affected besides themselves, how the world views AIDS. It is really an eye-opener and you will not be able to walk away without your sensitivity to the situation being heightened. The viewer will learn a lot about world history and be faced with a reality that is far from the common."
Pandemic: Facing A.I.D.S.
Michael P. Feldman | Aiea, Hawai'i United States | 12/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary is defintely well worth it. an Eye-Opener in every sense of the word and with the combination of Philip Glass's once again beautiful score writing and facts about the virus, one is not cannot walk away unmoved."
Realistic, serious, and with a positive approach
Mariano Sana | Nashville, TN | 06/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent documentary that shows real people affected by AIDS in five different locations around the world, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, and villages in Uganda, Thailand and India. The selection of places and cases covers the main modes of transmission, all types of AIDS victims, and all approaches to combat it. It is a very balanced view, very professionally done.

My favorites were the episodes on getting tested and on living with AIDS. The positive tone is uplifting. Brazil shows that the government can make a huge difference. Uganda and Thailand show how grassroots initiatives effectively help. On the other hand, Russia shows the ugly face of neglect and discrimination. Highly recommendable. The only prominent omission is South Africa, from which we can also learn a lot (on how not to go about fighting AIDS), but it is a film about how AIDS affects real people, not an official report on it.