Friday ID Conference: Screening of “deepsouth” with filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti

Title: Friday ID Conference: Screening of “deepsouth” with filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti
Date: November 2, 2012
Time: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (NOTE EXTENDED TIME)
Location: 1131 Bioinformatics

Description: This week’s conference will be a screening of the documentary deepsouth, followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti, Peter Leone (who served as an advisor on the film), Ada Adimora, and representative from the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

deepsouth is a poignant new documentary that showcases women and men living with and fighting HIV in the rural south, and addresses some of the broader social and political issues that plague this region in crisis.  Beneath layers of history, poverty and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive.  Josh, a college student, seeks the support of an underground gay family miles away from his suffocating Mississippi Delta hometown. With no funds and few resources, Monica and Tammy try tirelessly to unite reluctant participants at their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Kathie, an Alabama activist, spends 120 days a year on the road fighting a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South.

Lisa Biagiotti is an independent journalist and filmmaker. Lisa has written and produced for the Los Angeles Times, PBS, Current TV and Human Rights Watch. Her work focuses on complex, under-reported social issues, from the sanitation crisis in Southeast Asia to homophobia in the Caribbean. The stories she produced on the humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2009.

Prior to journalism and filmmaking, Lisa worked in marketing and advertising for magazine publishing houses, financial services companies and nonprofit organizations. In 2001, she received a Fulbright grant to research Muslim immigration to Italy. Lisa holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

About Friday ID Conference

The Division of Infectious Diseases, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, and Center for AIDS Research at UNC co-sponsor a weekly conference series which features distinguished clinicians and scientists from UNC, local universities, and other national and international institutions. The topics are varied and appeal to not only infectious disease specialists, but also professionals in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, biostatistics and other global health-related disciplines.

The conference takes place every Friday, September through June, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus. For more information, or to suggest a speaker, please contact the conference coordinator, Kathy James. To sign-up to receive weekly announcements of the conference, click here.


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