Dir.: Ann S. Kim & Priya Giri Desai, 74 min.
In English/Tamil/Hindi with Subtitles
In 1986, Dr. Suniti Solomon discovered India’s first case of HIV. But without medicines, she could only console patients who “other doctors weren’t even willing to touch.” She quit her prestigious academic post in microbiology and founded YRG CARE, one of India’s first HIV/AIDS clinics.
Back then, HIV was a death sentence. Today, thanks to affordable generic drugs, Dr. Solomon’s patients live longer, healthier lives – and, like all young Indians, face the pressure to marry. At 72, in the twilight of her career, Dr. Solomon finds herself in a new role: marriage matchmaker.
Lovesick interweaves Dr. Solomon’s unconventional personal and professional journeys with the lives of two patients: Karthik, a reticent bachelor, and Manu, a bubbly IT professional who, like many women in India, was infected by her first husband. As Karthik and Manu search for love, they learn how to survive under the shadow of HIV.
Eight years in the making, Lovesick is a surprising portrait of modern love in the age of AIDS.
After the screening, enjoy a conversation with award-winning producer Gopika Sharma, whose credits include Out in India – A Family’s Journey, Sweet Life and Open Adoption – A Tapestry of Stories, and David Gere, UCLA Professor of World Arts and Cultures.
Through Positive Eyes Film Series
Each month the Fowler presents documentaries and feature films that address the global health crisis created by HIV and AIDS. Programs feature talk backs and conversations cohosted by Los Angeles–based social services and community organizations following the screenings.
Related Exhibition: Through Positive Eyes
Photography, video, and live storytelling components produced by people living with HIV and AIDS offer intimate access to everyday and extraordinary life moments from their perspectives. Their artistic statements are powerful tools for combating stigma, one of the most formidable barriers to fighting the epidemic.
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