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Directed by Susan Koch
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 90 Minutes World Premiere

Not far from the White House, the Capitol, and the National Mall lies a part of Washington, DC that the tourists never see and the mainstream media virtually ignores. At least three percent of DC is HIV positive, a staggering rate higher than parts of Africa. Behind all the stories of heartbreak, loss, and struggle there are also the incredible, encouraging stories of the people behind grassroots movements to extend education, combat stigmas, and spread hope.

Festival alum Susan Koch's (Kicking It, TFF '08) eye-opening and inspiring documentary tells the unseen and unheard stories behind the epidemic in our nation's capital. From a mother of three who has used her plight with government housing as motivation to campaign for reform, to a former drug addict now advocating for funding of needle exchange programs on Capitol Hill, to the self-described "privileged" young people volunteering at Joseph's House shelter, Koch smartly fixes on the positivity fueling these grassroots movements to remind us that the only unsolvable problems in this country are the ignored ones.

Female Director(s), Documentary
About the Director(s)
Susan Koch is an Emmy- and Peabody-winning director of Kicking It, which premiered at the Festival, and City at Peace, which screened at film festivals worldwide and was broadcast on HBO. She co-directed and produced Mario's Story, which received the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Special Note

Monday, April 26, 4:30 pm
@SVA Theater 2

Tribeca Talks: After the Movie: Join us for a panel discussion on the HIV/AIDS issue with director Susan Koch, producer Sheila Johnson, writer/coproducer Jose Antonio Vargas, United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole, Washington Post columnist Colbert King, subjects from the film Ron Daniels and Jose Ramirez, and Jehmu Greene, president of the Women’s Media Center and former president of Rock the Vote. Moderated by syndicated columnist Roland Martin.

Co-presented by AmFar

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Cast & Credits
  • Screenwriter:
    Jose Antonio Vargas
  • Editor:
    Jeff Werner
  • Executive Producer:
    Sheila C. Johnson, Michelle Freeman
  • Co-Producer:
    Jose Antonio Vargas
  • Producer:
    Sheila C. Johnson
  • Director:
    Susan Koch
  • Director of Photography:
    Neil Barrett, Horacio Marquiinez



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