Since 1982, when George was 22 years old, he has known that he’s HIV-positive. In 1982 everything says that he won’t live very long.
George has just started university and has already lost some friends to “an unexplained illness”. “What’s going on? They were closing the bathhouses, homosexuality almost went back into the closet again.” George doesn’t want his family to worry too much about him, he wants to spare them the pain of his suffering. He retreats to the mountains with a friend to die. Fate decides otherwise. Thanks to his understanding hotel employer, in whom he confides his HIV status, in 1989 he gets the chance to work in San Francisco. It’s a godsend: “I felt the comfort of being among people of my own type, my own kind. My family.” Yet there’s no way out. People are dying around him, and yet it feels better to live among them. And then the first AZT becomes available…
For four years the Les Enfants Terribles’ creative team travelled the world filming, interviewing and photographing PLWHIV. Men, women, young and old, from all levels of society were visited in 12 countries on 5 continents. This yielded hundreds of films, thousands of photos and many written texts. All this material which included presentations, screenings, documentaries and exhibitions was shared with the world via the website atlas2018.org. The goal of portraying the community so broadly and to allow it to speak for itself is simple; it is the most effective weapon in fighting stigma, it combats prejudice, encourages self-awareness and the emancipation of PLWHIV as well as being an indispensable weapon in defeating HIV and AIDS.
Watch the full movie at: atlas2018.org/america-2-2-3/