Never Abandon, Never Give Upâ€”A short film on AIDS and migrant workers in China | 7mins
Director: Gu Changwei | Producer: Gu Changwei
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Switzerland
The ILO/USDOL (International Labour Organization/U.S. Department of Labor) workplace education program in China developed a short film to reduce stigma and promote condom use among the 200 million rural migrants in China, who travel from rural areas to seek work in urban industrial areas. The film targets lower income, male migrants working in construction, mining, and transportation industries who face higher HIV transmission risk due to unprotected casual and commercial sex behaviors.
Using a light-hearted, Charlie Chaplin style format, the film tells a simple, humorous story of a famous actor who visits his hometown fellow who has HIV and is facing isolation and ridicule from his co-workers . The story emphasizes that HIV cannot be spread through casual contact and encourages workers to accept their co-workers who are HIV-positive. The film also promotes condom use and recommends voluntary HIV testing and counseling for those who have engaged in risk behaviors.
The film was produced and directed by Gu Changwei, winner of the 2005 Berlin Film Festival for his film, Peacock. The lead actor, Wang Baoqiang, plays himself in the film and is now serving as a spokesperson for the ILO/USDOL project. Baoqiang is China's leading film star and is a former migrant construction worker, who was discovered while working as an extra for a popular television series.