December 8, 2019
Hosted by Human Rights Film Festival
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
December 8 at 3:30 PM
In the 1990s, China launched a campaign to extract blood plasma from its citizens. The government paid villagers to donate blood, but most of the equipment was contaminated with HIV. A massive HIV/AIDS crisis ensued, with approximately 300,000 people contracting AIDS in Henan province alone. The Chinese government has vehemently ignored the crisis, which is worsened by the pervasive social stigma attached to HIV/AIDS patients. Ximei, the subject of the eponymous documentary, unknowingly received HIV-contaminated blood after a farming accident. Now, she fights to raise awareness about the crisis and build a community with other victims. Shot over seven years, Ximei exposes a shocking history and the state oppression that Ximei continues to fight today. Moreover, the film is a tribute to Ximei’s indefatigable spirit and her absolute refusal to let this crisis be forgotten.
Andy Cohen and Gaylen Ross (co-directors) to join for post-screening Q&A via Skype.
ASL interpretation will be provided. Open captions. Relaxed screening environment. Held Space and active listeners will be available. Wheelchair accessible venue. Wheelchair accessible seating. Wheelchair accessible washrooms. Gender neutral washrooms. Hearing assist devices available. Service animals welcome. Please help keep the space scent-free. Tiered pricing available – nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Complimentary tickets for support persons are available in advance or in person the day of the screening. The festival will embrace crip time by starting on time, sticking to the schedule, and respecting that people will come and go as they please. More accessibility information is available on the Human Rights Film Festival website.