Western North Carolina AIDS Project
Contact: Jeff Bachar, 828-252-7489 or jbachar@wncap.org
For Immediate Release: October 12, 2011

Special Film Screening:  Life, Above All
 
Asheville, NC –  On November 16th, 2011,  at 7pm, in association with The Fine Arts Theater, the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP), will present  the award winning film, Life Above  All.    Lauded by critics at the Cannes Film Festival,  the film tells a story of courage in the face of AIDS and stigma in contemporary South Africa.   Just after the death of her newly-born baby sister, Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth. 
 
In her review in Time Magazine, Mary Corliss wrote, “…Alone among the films at Cannes, “Life Above All”, was one that had critics cheering like school kids in a ten minute standing ovation, and wiping tears from their gimlet eyes. It has the high art and big heart of any award-worthy film…”  
 
WNCAP Executive Director, Jeff Bachar, said,  “This film illustrates that bias and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS are felt all over the world.    WNCAP is actively engaged in addressing these same issues right here in western North Carolina."  The event is sponsored in part by Carol and Bob Deutsch. 
 
Life Above All will be shown at The Fine Arts Theater in Asheville on November 16, 2011 at 7pm.   Tickets are $10 or pay what you can and will be available at the door.  For more information call: (828) 252-7489. 
 
WNCAP is the leading HIV/AIDS service organization in Western North Carolina.  The agency provides prevention education and outreach to those who are at risk, as well as advocacy, and case management services to those who are living with HIV/AIDS. 
 
More information at www.wncap.org.
 
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