Week 11: Winskell & Von Mueller

This week Kate Winskell from the School of Public Health and Eddy Von Mueller from Film Studies talked about representations of HIV/AIDS in film.

Winskell talked about her project her film project Scenarios from Africa which “gives children and young adults an exciting opportunity to educate themselves and others about HIV/AIDS by inviting them to participate with internationally acclaimed directors in the production of a growing collection of short films.” My favorite that we watched is called Tiger, Tigress. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE5BKU9aJCg

Von Mueller juxtaposed two movies released in 1993 that center on the lives of HIV+ gay men: Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington and directed by Jonathan Demme and Silverlake Life: The View from Here a documentary directed by Peter Friedman that follows the lives of Tom Joslin and Mark Massi as they are living with and dying from HIV/AIDS.


  • Cante, Richard C. “HIV, Multiculturalism, and Popular Narrativity in the United States: Afterthoughts on ‘Philadelphia’ (And Beyond).” Narrative, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Oct. 1999), p 239-258.
  • Mathijs, Ernest. “AIDS References in the Critical Reception of David Cronenberg: ‘It May Not Be Such a Bad Disease After All’.” Cinema Journal, Vol. 42. No. 4 (Summer, 2003) p. 29-45.
  • Winskell, Kate and Daniel Enger, “Young Voices Travel Far: A Case Study of Scenarios from Africa”, chapter in: Hemer, Oscar and Thomas Tufte (eds.), Media and Global Change: Rethinking Communication for Development, Buenas Aires: Clasco, 2005
  • Winskell, Kate, Oby Obyerodhyambo, Rob Stephenson, “Making sense of condoms: social representations in young Africans’ HIV-related narratives from six countries,” Social Science & Medicine, 72 (2011) 953-961



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