Growing Up Positive
Growing Up Positive is a film by American author and director Yasmin Shiraz that boldly asks the question, ‘What role does race play in the lives of those affected by HIV?’
Statistics estimate 34 million people around the globe are currently living with HIV and the communities most affected by HIV are gay and bisexual men and African communities.
Filmmaker Shiraz explores with Abigail and Hydeia, both born HIV+ and their journeys growing up with the virus. The film gives the audience a glimpse into how those born with HIV navigate puberty, relationships and gaining acceptance, while exploring the important issue of how those experiences are impacted by race.
Actress turned director Ethosheia Hylton shows us a day in the life of a 15-year-old girl who lives with sickle cell anaemia with her short film ‘Lia’.
For so many of us, our teenage years are often the most exciting, memorable and formative years of our lives. On top of all the challenges that adolescence brings, it can’t be easy having to deal it whilst also being a sufferer of sickle cell anaemia.
All Lia really wants is to be a normal teenager. She’s had enough of her strict, overprotective mother and decides one night to stay out late with friends, hoping that she’ll run into her secret crush, Ryan. However, she then has to deal with the consequences of her actions when she has a sickle cell crisis…
Sickle cell disorder is known as an invisible illness and it is not widely understood or even recognised by society. ‘Lia’ attempts to shed light on a disease that not many people know about from the perspective of a young person.