|Winner: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: WORLD SOCIAL IMPACT |
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Christian Fiala - Producers: Joan Shenton - Screenwriters: Joan Shenton - Composer: Mark Wood
POSITIVE HELL is the story of five individuals who have defied their doctors and lived on for nearly thirty years with a diagnosis of death. The film highlights a network of people diagnosed HIV positive in the province of Galicia, Northern Spain.
How can this be? Haven't we been told that everyone who tests positive is sure to die? Do these people have a special magic gene that protects them against HIV? Or could it be that this death sentence has been mistaken all along?
The five protagonists describe their struggle to survive when faced with a death sentence, their experiences as social pariahs, their battles with doctors and the medical orthodoxy and their absolute conviction that the science behind AIDS is cruelly wrong.
Andi Reiss lives in Oxford, England.
My interest in documentary stems from the idea of being able to tell stories that may have
been hidden from the public for far too long.
Positive Hell is by no means a systematic dissection of the HIV/AIDS machine, but more a
defining dialogue between ordinary people. Throughout the years, they have lived in fear and
within a stereotype, yet inspired by their instincts and the courage and articulate arguments of
their network, they are amongst a number of growing voices internationally challenging the
Their analysis suggests the existence of an industry bias that cannot be explained by
standard assessment, and therefore, unless we develop a well-grounded understanding of
the true nature of personal opinion, we will almost always end up adopting distorted views.
In a postmodern belief system, which looks ironically like a doctrine, we must strive to
appreciate that all opinions should have the chance to be heard.