"deepsouth" is a documentary about the neglected HIV/AIDS crisis in the rural American South. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, three Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive. Josh, a college student, seeks the support of an underground gay family miles away from his suffocating Mississippi Delta hometown. With no funds and few resources, Monica tries tirelessly to unite reluctant participants at her annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Kathie, an Alabama activist, spends 120 days a year on the road fighting a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South.
Following the 72-minute documentary, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A with:
- Jennifer Biard, Pastor, Jackson Revival Center Church, Mississippi
- Othor Cain, Project Director, Mississippi Faith in Action
- Antwan Matthews, Youth Activist and Student at Tougaloo College
- Dr. Aadia Rana, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brown University; Adjunct Faculty, University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Pediatrics.
A CSREA Faculty Grant Event. Presented in partnership with the Rhode Island Public Health Institute and Mississippi Faith in Action.
Free + open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.