Serial Passage: AIDS, Race, and Culture

May 4th, 2004 - April 30th, 2007 | PROJECT

Serial Passage: AIDS, Race, and Culture is a multi-part documentary series. The Long-term goals are: 1) to produce a documentary series exploring the specific and devastating impact of H.I.V./AIDS upon Africans and African-Americans; and 2) to create a heightened understanding of the need for H.I.V. prevention among the high-risk group of young, inner-city African-Americans who've so far proved unresponsive to available public health information. Specific Aims: 1) To deconstruct the racial stigma of AIDS, and scientifically confront the conspiracy theories which are firmly linked to the disease in black America, and in Africa; and 2) to work with an inner-city high school science class, actively involving them in the making of the series. Research Design and Methods: 1) To document on film the process of scientific inquiry which led two prominent researchers to their theory on the origin of AIDS; 2) To document on film the social impact of H.I.V/AIDS upon specific African countries, including Uganda and South Africa, and upon African-American communities in the United States; 3) To periodically screen footage of the documentary for the high school class and conduct videotaped discussions between the students and the scientists throughout one academic year; and 4) To give the students a videotaped questionnaire at the beginning and end of the year designed to measure how much they learn about AIDS and its impact upon their particular community.

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Team Members

Claudia Pryor, Principal Investigator, Diversity Films, Inc.
David Guilbault, Author, Diversity Films, Inc.


Funding Source: NIH
Award Number: R25RR018510


Access and Inclusion: Black | African American Communities | Ethnic | Racial | Urban
Audience: Educators | Teachers | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Health and medicine
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology