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25 To Life has World Premiere at American Black Film Festival In NYC
SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd Street)
June 22 at 11:30am.
25 to Life, a debut feature-length documentary by award-winning director and Spike Lee protégé Mike L. Brown. 25 to Life is about one man’s coming-of-age with HIV, its ripple effect on his extended community, and his ongoing work to redeem himself by telling the truth. The film tackles the tough social issues of sex, race, and manhood, providing unprecedented access into a life and a family living with the HIV virus.
The film follows William Brawner, a Philadelphia man who contracted the HIV/AIDS virus from a blood transfusion as a child. Will’s young mother, grandmother and aunt kept his HIV status a guarded secret, fearing its stigma, and provided him with a fun-loving childhood to distract him from his illness. As he approached adulthood, he suppressed the reality of his HIV status, stopped taking his medications, and turned to promiscuity and partying.
After a sobering talk with his doctor, Will surprised everyone when he disclosed his HIV-status in a very public way. Will’s revelations provoked an eruption of emotions from family, ex-girlfriends, friends, and strangers alike. In 25 to Life, he confronts these questions head-on.
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On the Web: 25toLifefilmsite.com