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"“Protection"”: International HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Literature and gender studies professor Jill Lewis is executive producer of a new film being used to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention among men and boys in sub-Saharan African countries.

Protection: A Film About Men and Condoms in the Time of HIV and AIDS explores the challenges of sexual protection faced by men and boys in sub-Saharan Africa, where over 22.5 million people live with HIV. The film was shot in South Africa, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.

In an attempt to reach as many people as possible, versions are available in Chichewa, Zulu, Swahili, Hausa, English, Portuguese, and French.


Made in collaboration with the South African NGO Sonke Gender Justice Network, the film was funded by Norad, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Protection raises questions, without moralizing, about sexual realities and attitudes toward condoms. Central to the film is the perception of condom usage in the region and how this affects the spread of the virus.

Professor Lewis worked with a team that included director Francois Verster and producer Neil Brandt in conjunction with Fireworx Media.

Jill LewisThe Hampshire professor has been focused on using education as a tool against the spread of HIV for more than two decades, collaborating with numerous international governmental and nongovernmental agencies in a variety of programs.

Her Living for Tomorrow course at Hampshire is based on an international HIV-prevention action/research project that she designed and led with youth in Estonia.

Her Hampshire students are collaborators in her educational projects.

DVDs of Protection will be provided free to HIV prevention organizations and projects in sub-Saharan African countries.

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