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About the Movie
Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life affirming, Absolutely Positive is an honest, moving and occasionally even funny portrait of living with HIV. From an initial pool of 120, acclaimed filmmaker Peter Adair selected 11 unique individuals to share their incredible experiences with the camera. Ranging in age from seventeen to sixty, these unforgettable characters represent an extraordinary variety of lifestyles, ethnicities, geographic regions and sexual orientations--attesting to the ever-present reality that AIDS spares no one. From Johnnie, a young Asian-American man who discovered he was gay, had sex for the first time, and tested positive all in one year, to Doris, an African-American mother who found out she was positive after her 6-month-old son was diagnosed with AIDS, these stories not only allow us to get inside one of today’s most poignant issues but also provide us with an opportunity to confront important questions about our own beliefs, fears and prejudices.
Honest but dated
This doco has 'aged' - at it's release it would have been absolutely relevant and whilst the 'human stories' don't change the context of what it means today to be HIV positive is totally different. Even though it is only 6 years old there have been significant changes in medication/treatments available (in the West) and the prognosis of those infected today, and on reflection even those with long-term infection, is radically different from that portrayed in the film. Viewed in this context the specifics of the lives portrayed lose relevance and the film needs to be viewed as a historical record.