Film Screening: Death of Tyson

Film Screening Wed 19 Mar 2003
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The event is a showing of a documentary video (28 minutes) The Death of Tyson about AIDS orphans in Lusaka, Zambia, along with a discussion with filmmaker, Charles Mercier. Patrick Nkandu, a boy whose parents die of AIDS, lived, grew up, and died on the street of Lusaka, Zambia. The documentary short The Death of Tyson tells his story. We share the experience of the hundreds of thousands of AIDS orphans, who are homeless and done constant violence in Southern Africa. Yet the story is not one of victimamge, but of extraordinary love and courage. We hear of young street kids forming their own little families to protect one another and the work of heroic volunteers who support them, even as we hear the lies and denials of government officials. The Death of Tyson is a window into the crisis of street kids in Africa in all its complexity.

Charles Mercier, Filmmaker