Documentary screened in Taipei to raise awareness of AIDS disease


CNA

TAIPEI–A documentary by American director Andrew Jenks was screened at a media event in Taipei on Tuesday with the aim of raising local HIV/AIDS awareness and promoting a global AIDS campaign.

The film, titled ��It’s Not Over,�� follows the lives of three millennials who are HIV patients or whose work is related to HIV education.

Lucky Mufundisi is a teacher in South Africa who educates youth about the disease, Paige Rawl is an American college student and HIV activist, and Sarang Bhakre is a playwright and theater director in India.

The documentary was a collaborative effort between the award-winning Jenks and M.A.C. AIDS Fund, the charitable arm of M.A.C. Cosmetics.

Tuesday’s screening was for an audience of journalists and invited guests, prior to the film’s release in the iTunes Store next February, according to M.A.C.’s Taiwan branch.

��Through this documentary, we hope to help the public gain a better understanding of the lives of HIV-positive people, so that the public can respect them more,�� said Wang Chia-lin, brand manager at M.A.C. Taiwan.

Zoe Huang, a public relations executive at M.A.C. Taiwan, said that her company launched its latest Viva Glam lipsticks Dec. 1 on World Aids Day and ��100 percent of the sales will be donated to AIDS charities.��

She said that since 1997, M.A.C. Taiwan has raised a total NT$22 million (US$702,191) from sales of its Viva Glam lip products, for donation to non-profit AIDS groups in Taiwan, including the Taiwan Lourdes Association and Harmony Home Association, Taiwan.