Touching ‘making of’ film about the silence that blankets HIV and AIDS in China. Gu Changwei, winner of the Silver Bear at the 2005 Berlinale, is filming a forbidden book about patients who have faced discrimination. Movies that Matter Festival veteran Zhao Liang gives us an intriguing glimpse behind the scenes and tries to contact HIV-positive people in China via internet.
Ignorance about HIV and AIDS is rife in China. Many
people associate the disease with indecent behaviour and hardly anyone talks
about it. Fear of social stigmas inspires many AIDS patients in China to keep
their illness a secret. Director Gu Changwei wanted to cast real-life patients
in the supporting roles for his new feature film, The Woman. Through special support groups, the filmmakers contacted
patients willing to take part in the film. The director also visited a ‘Red
Ribbon’ school attended by children who have AIDS. The result is a candid
portrait of people who are united and branded with the same label: AIDS
Director Gu Changwei is one of the filmmakers interviewed in the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about the famous Chinese artist.