Creating Open Dialogues In Communities Through Film
Chiedza’s Song is a 45-minute film which tells the true story of Chiedza, tracing her life from a child to the present day. It is a useful tool to educate audiences on the issues related to HIV. The film follows the life experiences, relationships and challenges faced by Chiedza (not her real name) as she comes to terms with her HIV status and battles issues that affect her.
The film was built around a large-scale research project in Harare, investigating the levels of HIV infection among adolescents (ZENITH). The key messages in the film were identified through a discussion held with young people living with HIV, staff and counsellors on the research programme. These discussions were followed up with more than 50 interviews with HIV positive young people in Harare.