Difret

We designed the outreach campaign for the award-winning feature film DIFRET about the legal-precedent setting court case that outlawed the kidnapping of brides in Ethiopia. We are very excited about the outreach planned for this project and are actively pursuing strategic partners to help us amplify its impact. If you are interested in partnering with us or hosting a screening contact us: hello@truthaid.org.

Educational Programming & Curriculum Development

We have expertise in developing curriculum about the social determinants of health and have taught semester-long courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our President, Dr. Mehret Mandefro, currently teaches an innovative media-driven course on the History of Public Health at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services.

Creative Health Literacy: the Case of All of Us

Our outreach work grew out of our audience engagement efforts for screenings of the documentary film All of Us. This documentary featured Dr. Mandefro’s ethnographic work with HIV positive patients in her South Bronx primary clinic. The film explored the structural factors behind HIV/AIDS disparities among African American women and women in Ethiopia.

For groups interested in working with us on HIV/AIDS outreach, we provide community-based trainings and educational workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention. For those interested in getting involved in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in your community, here are some suggestions.

  1. Call a local AIDS service organization in your neighborhood and get involved.
  2. Learn a few facts about the epidemic by reviewing our fact sheets on womenmen, and trauma and share with your community.
  3. Get HIV tested and encourage a friend to do the same.
  4. Try using a female condom if you never have. Practice makes perfect.
  5. Register at www.truthaid.org and stay connected to us by subscribing to our list.

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Race: Off and Running

Off and Running is a feature documentary that tells the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white Jewish lesbians. Her older brother is black and Puerto Rican and her younger brother is Korean. Though it may not look typical, Avery’s household is like most American homes — until Avery writes to her birth mother and the response throws her into crisis. She struggles over her “true” identity, the circumstances of her adoption and her estrangement from black culture. Just when it seems as if her life is unraveling, Avery decides to pick up the pieces and make sense of her identity, with inspiring results.