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‘deepsouth’ Screening Brings Attention to HIV/AIDS

Huston-Tillotson University Promotes National Week of Prayer with the Screening of ‘deepsouth’

AUSTIN, TX 2.24.14 — Huston-Tillotson University is proud to present a screening of deepsouth and community discussion in observance of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. The film will be shown on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 6 p.m. on the campus in King-Seabrook Chapel, 900 Chicon Street. 

The film, deepsouth, is a documentary about the often-ignored and interconnected issues facing the rural American South. Beneath layers of history, poverty — and now soaring HIV infections — four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive. The film won several awards, including the Polari Film Best Documentary Award in 2013.

“The film’s focus on a young African American male college student is particularly relevant, since youth and young adults under the age of 30 represent one-third of new infection rates, the largest share of any age group, with African Americans being disproportionately infected,” said says Dr. Debra L. Murphy, Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator/Project Director of HT’s SAMHSA Substance Use and HIV/AIDS Grant Initiative. “HIV stigmatization and lack of education continue to be widespread across many geographical local, including parts of Texas.”

The film is directed and produced by independent journalist and filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti, who will be in attendance to answer questions during a post-screening question and answer session.

This event is made possible because of the generous support from the following organizations and community members: Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Travis County Integral Care, AIDS Services of Austin, Women Rising Project, The Care Communities, Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District, Rev. Joseph Collins, Clyde Boyd, Jr. and John Livingston. The screening is free and open to the public.