The Peer Educators Network making a film ‘Rain brings life’
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The Peers Educators Network is in the process of making a film which addresses the question of gender roles and power relations and its impact of HIV and AIDS in poor communities. The Peers educators are working with an experienced film writer, Nomsa Dladla, and it is anticipated that the film will completed by December this year. The plan for this film is that it will be screened on SABC 1 and E-TV on Education programmes to reach as wide an audience as possible. The film will also be viewed by local schools in the District.
The title of the film is ‘Imvula idal’ impilo’, translated into English as ‘Rain brings life.’ The film tells the story of Mxolisi, a 17 year old boy, whose mother who is HIV positive and now very sick. The gender roles have been reversed for Mxolisi because he now has taken over the role of caring, fetching water, cooking, washing and cleaning. As his mother gets sicker he has to wash her and wash her bedding. Mxolisi has learnt to carry his mother on his back and rush her to hospital. He wants to keep his life a secret so he keeps his distance from his fellow learners.