A documentary about the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic on children in rural China
Filmmakers Thomas Lennon and Ruby Yang take an unflinching look at the discrimination against children orphaned by AIDS in the remote villages of China's Yingzhou District, part of Anhui Province. Many adults in these rural villages contracted the virus from selling their blood for money and food and died. The filmmakers follow children orphaned by AIDS for a year, revealing how they are shunned by neighbors, shuffled between families or abandoned. The film illuminates the personal struggles of these children, who are among the estimated 75,000 children in China orphaned by AIDS.
Thomas Lennon, producer; Ruby Yang, director, Qu Jiang Tao, director of photography; Ruby Yang, Ma Man Chung, editors; Brian Keane, composer; Sara Bernstein, supervising producer; Sheila Nevins, executive producer
View "Cinemax's Reel Life: The Blood of Yingzhou District" here: qtstreaming.jrn.columbia.edu/dupont/2009/bloodofyingzhou.mov