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It's My Life

Brian Tilley's moving 2001 documentary profiles Zackie Achmat, the South African AIDS activist committed to making antiretroviral drugs available to anyone in South Africa. Both HIV positive and gay, Achmat is in a moral and political bind: he declines to treat himself with drugs he could easily afford but most of his countrymen cannot. Tilley juxtaposes Achmat's complete absorption in preparing for demonstrations and court appearances with his private battle to ward off a host of HIV-related maladies, and his frequent visits to his doctor reinforce his personal stake in hammering out a national policy that will deliver medicine to millions who have HIV. 72 min.

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