Shared Hope - Scenarios from the Sahel

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Annie is in a state of despair. She confides her painful secret in her friend Myriam: Annie has just discovered that she is HIV+. Myriam offers words of reassurance and hope. But Annie - still in a state of shock and panic - reacts violently. How could Myriam have any idea what she's going through?

By Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Mali, based on an original idea by Andréa Ouédraogo, aged 21, from Koudougou, Burkina Faso.

Scenarios from the Sahel is a unique collection of 13 films exploring the issue of HIV/Aids in Africa. The films combine humour, drama and animation with information about the nature of HIV/AIDS and the best forms of prevention. They provide an insight into the daily experience of living with the disease as experienced by people of all ages in Africa.

In 1997, thousands of young people under 25 in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso took part in a contest inviting them to come up with ideas for short films on HIV/AIDS. The contest was so successful that a second contest was held in early 2000. Special emphasis in this contest was placed on encouraging girls/young women, rural youth, and young people who do not attend school to participate. Scores of organisations worked in partnership to bring the conteststo communities, and almost 22,000 young people took part.

Scenarios from the Sahel (now known as Scenarios From Africa) is a community mobilisation, education and media project. It offers children and young people the opportunity to work with international directors in the production of short fiction films to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

For more information about Scenarios From Africa please visit the Global Dialogues Site here:

http://www.globaldialogues.org

To watch more films about HIV and AIDS, please visit the OneWorldTV Site here:

http://tv.oneworld.net

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