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Director: KAREN BOSWALL | Producer: DON EDKINS
Focus Years: 2001 | Country: United Kingdom
Subject Tags: africa, belief, europe, gender, healing, health, religion, united kingdom
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"Dancing on the Edge" is set in rural Mozambique, where traditional gender roles and poverty influence the fight to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS. Antonietta is HIV positive and works as an AIDS counselor in the city. She struggles with the contradictions of maintaining her traditional values and respect for the will of her ancestors while adapting to the teachings of the modern world. In accordance with her spiritual beliefs, Antonietta takes her daughters to the remote village of her ancestors for initiation into their adult life as a women. After a week of rituals reinforcing the deeply entrenched gender roles of her culture, the young girls will become women, and consequently at higher risk of contracting HIV. This film highlights the complex choices faced by many African women in embracing the modern message of HIV prevention while maintaining their traditional values of their roles as wives and mothers. An International Co-Production as part of the ‘Steps for the Future’ Series, broadcast in Finland (YLE2), France (ARTE), Germany (ZDF), Denmark (TV2), Australia (ABC), South Africa (SABC), Mozambique (TVM) and distributed throughout Southern Africa.
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