In Our Hands | Film
2017 / producer / script writer / co-editor
In Our Hands is a public engagement project about the introduction of HIV self-testing in Malawi from a community perspective. It included a week long community video workshop and the production of a 27 minute film that was screened in eight locations for World AIDS Day 2017. The film is now available as an open access resource on the World Health Organisation website.
To meet the global goal of eliminating AIDS by 2030 the United Nations says it is necessary to have tested 90% of those living with HIV over the next three years. Today, of the 36 million people living with HIV, almost a third are unaware of their status.
In Our Hands is a film made by a group of thirteen people from Neno, Malawi, one of the first places in sub-Saharan Africa to receive HIV self-testing. Join ordinary villagers, women, men, young and old, as they explore the key barriers that prevent people from taking an HIV test, and the benefits and drawbacks of testing alone, without the attendance of a trained professional. What does the ability to test yourself at home mean for people in remote communities, and could this new method help to close the testing gap and keep the world on track to eliminate AIDS by 2030?