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Nov. 21, 2003

UI To Mark World AIDS Day With Film, Discussion Dec. 1

"Everyone's Child," a movie illustrating two Zimbabwean children's abrupt journey into a world of adult responsibility, will be screened Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa. The movie is being shown in observance of World AIDS Day and is sponsored by the African Studies Program, UI International Programs, the Global Health Studies Program and the Bijou.

Everyone's Child tells the story of four siblings, Itai, Tamari, Norah and Nhamo, whose parents have both died of AIDS. After a traditional funeral, the villagers, ignoring custom, shun the orphans because of the stigma of AIDS. Without the support of family or neighbors, the children are forced into crime and prostitution. The death of one of the children finally convinces the villagers of their responsibility to help the other three, "everyone's children," to rebuild their lives.

The film, which won awards for best script, music and cinematography at the Southern African Film Festival, was produced by Media for Development Trust to address a growing problem throughout Africa of children living in hardship, especially as a result of AIDS.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by John Riber, founder and director of Media for Development Trust. He will be joined by panelists including Kathleen Tangenberg, assistant professor of social work and Laurence Fuortes, professor of occupational and environmental health, who will speak about current issues related to AIDS.

The cost for admission is $5. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to an AIDS-related charitable organization in Zimbabwe. For more information or special accommodations, contact Victoria Rovine, director of the African Studies Program and curator of the UI Art Museum, at 319-353-2468 or e-mail her at

The African Studies Program is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Victoria Rovine, 319-353-2468,; Writer: Mansi Bhatia