AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


CRITICAL WOMEN HEADLINES

10/17/07

Life Support

Life Support
George Nelson


Life Support is not a Hood film. It is a film that bridges the gap between children and the adults who rear them. It is a film that addresses a problem HIV and drugs with persistence, compassion and intelligence by those who want, who need to make a difference.

This is a story about forgiving, living with anger and going forward. This is a different kind of emotional experience from what we are used to seeing. Life Support reinforces ones love of other people and faith in the human power to heal

"We need to reconnect with HIV right here in the States. It's killing a lot of people, it's altering the lives of the people it hasn't killed, and it's totally preventable. If this film reopens that dialoge, we've done good." .

That is the basic premise, the center piece of George Nelson's Life Support . Filmed in East New York Brooklyn a poor working class neighborhood where people are learning how to take care of themselves and how to love, unconditionally.

It felt so wonderful to see black Americans who did not live an anger driven life in pursuit of revenge.

The mother,(Queen Atifah) her husband, her daughters, the grandmother and neighbor-in-need seemed to have an underlying pathos that made this film tantalizing and compelling. The problem is real: HIV and drugs. The solution is possible. Condoms do prevent the spread of HIV.

The way of life portrayed in Life Support is one of connecting the drugs, the HIV and its prevention to our individual way of life, our human compulsion to live.

In the midst of the poverty, the way of life in the Projects, I felt hopeful.

you can too

I recommend this film for people who have been overwhelmed by the multiplicity of problems that dominate our world. Another way is possible!

LindaZ

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