Pills Profits Protest: Chronicle of the Global Aids Movement
Mon, October 30, 2006 • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM • Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302
PILLS PROFITS PROTEST: CHRONICLE OF THE GLOBAL AIDS MOVEMENT is an up-to-the
minute documentary about AIDS treatment activism.
60 minutes, Color, USA, 2005, Video
This documentary examines critical junctures in the battle for access to HIV
treatment as the poorest and most marginalized individuals confront larger powers,
including governments, corporate bodies and a multinational drug industry that is
motivated by profit. The fight for AIDS drugs is taking place in tandem with a
growing anti-globalization movement; the latter provides a backdrop for examining
AIDS through a lens of poverty, socioeconomic injustice and human rights. At the
heart of this documentary is a thorny question: Can the world afford universal HIV
treatment? At what cost? What will be the global cost if we fail to treat and save 40
million people now?
Filmmaker and UT alum Shanti Avirgan will present the film at the screening. Ms
Avirgan received a B.A. in Latin American Studies/Plan II from the University of
Texas at Austin, was a Fulbright Scholar in Bahia, Brazil, and is currently pursuing
a PhD in Anthropology at New York University.
Co-Sponsored by the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster, Plan II, and the Center for
Latin American Social Policy