With a decrease in HIV and AIDS prevalence, there are still people who are affected by the epidemic such as grandmothers of Zimbabwe.
Grandmothers in Zimbabwe have now become the care givers of the young orphans left behind.
Being able to rise up and focus on living for another day especially in a country facing economic hardships. This is a short documentary feature taking on the topic of AIDS.
Grandmothers of Zimbabwe : An Age of Pain and Resilience hears the voices of grandmothers who have witnessed their child dying from AIDs. Having to step out of their sunset years, they work on fields, selling produce and providing the correct nutrition for their grandchild living with the burden.
Leah Songoro, a mother and grandmother, tells us how her daughters husband didn’t tell them he had AIDS and therefore killing her daughter. Ignorance, cultural practises and sexism plays a part to these tragic stories.
Stigma has been heavily placed on children, especially those that have contracted the disease. This involves name calling and sometimes their care givers not knowing how to deal with them. Children are important and therefore support by organisations gives a second perspective to the feature.
Grandmothers though gone through pain, they have also resisted keeping the struggles alive.
I hope you enjoy this feature as I enjoyed filming it.
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