Pili: Film screening and Q&A with Dr Sophie Harman (producer)

Join us for the screening of Pili, a feature length drama set in rural Tanzania reflecting the life a poor, HIV-positive single mother of two children. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Dr Sophie Harman, producer of the film and researcher in International Relations/Global Health (QMUL).

Film poster

Illustration picture, Sophie Harman, Research gate

Pili: the life of a marginalized, HIV-positive woman in rural Tanzania

Synopsis (from the movie's making-off blog):

"Pili lives in rural Tanzania, working in the fields for less than $1 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV-positive status in secret.
When she is offered the chance to rent a sought-after market-stall, Pili is desperate to have it. But with only two days to get the deposit together, Pili is forced to make increasingly difficult decisions with ever-deepening consequences. How much will she risk to change her life?"

Pili was awarded the audience-award for Best Film at Dinard British Film Festival - watch the trailer!

The cast : real people, 65% HIV-positive

Pili's cast is not made of professional actors (with the exception of one), but of women living in rural Tanzania, working in the fields and often living with less than $1 a day. 65% of the cast are HIV-positive.Pili provides an opportunity for these marginalised women to tell their own story, in their own words, in their own language.

In addition, all of the locations are real. The production has the support of local Doctors and health professionals who allowed the crew to film in two different fully functioning HIV/AIDS care and treatment centres and two dispensaries, and to include health professionals as part of the cast.

Dr Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University London

All money made by the film will go back to the women and communities in which they live through a special Pili Fund.

Producer: Sophie Harman (present in Oslo for a Q&A session following the screening)

Director: Leanne Welham

Principal cast: Bello Rashid, Sekujua Rashid, Mwanaidi Omari Sefi, Sesilia Florian Kilimila, Siwazurio Mchuka, N'kwabi Elias Ng'andgasamala


On the seminar series "Global Health Unpacked"

“Global Health Unpacked” is a seminar series that aims to bring together the global health community on a regular basis to critically discuss key debates in Global Health in informal and interactive seminars. Guest speakers (both from the University of Oslo and from other universities) will bring an original perspective to the topic and engage in a conversation with the audience.

With this forum, we also hope to facilitate exchanges and collaborations between global health researchers and students present in Oslo and foster interdisciplinary research. “Global Health Unpacked” is jointly organized by the research group Power and Politics of Global Health, Centre for Development and the Environment and the UiO Centre for Global Health.

Tags: Film, Tanzania, HIV, AIDS, epidemic, development, Global Health
Published Apr. 18, 2018 2:37 PM - Last modified Dec. 3, 2018 11:49 AM