State of denial

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  • Creator Lovett Productions ; co-produced by Penny Elliott Hays ; directed & produced by Elaine Epstein
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication [San Francisco, Calif.] : California Newsreel, [2003] ©2003
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
  • OCLC ocm56838518
  • Credits
    • Commentary, Zackie Achmat
    • Executive producers, Harriet Gavshon, David Jammy, Joseph Lovett ; cinematography, Sven Cheatle ... [et al.] ; film editing, Penny Elliot Hays ; sound, Ken Hahn ; music, Thomas DeRenzo


  • South Africa is the country with the highest number of HIV positive people in the world. By the year 2000, an estimated 4.2 million people were infected with HIV; if present trends continue by 2010, 7 million will have died of the disease. State of Denial puts a human face on the millions affected by introducing us to six South Africans involved with the AIDS epidemic. It shows how they must fight not only the disease but the greed of the drug cartels and the neglect and inactivity of their own government in order to get treatment.


  • Originally produced as motion picture in 2003.
  • "An unprecedented and unflinching look at how the citizens of South Africa are living with the AIDS epidemic, given the climate of governmental confusion and neglect."
  • DVD-R.
  • In English, Sotho and Zulu with English subtitles. Closed-captioned.
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