This study examines the production process of a documentary film that explores the instability of racial categories in America to better understand the challenges that accompany efforts to reframe race. The film was produced as a collaboration between a filmmaker and an anthropologist. This work was presented at a symposium hosted by the Visual Anthropology Society of Temple University in March 2012.
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), in partnership with Miz Hasab Research Center in Ethiopia, led a study on HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in Ethiopia. The study aimed to unravel the complexities around stigma by investigating the causes, manifestations and consequences of HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in sub-Saharan Africa. This analysis was then used to suggest program interventions. We worked with the Ethiopian investigators and provided qualitative analysis that was used to develop a stigma tool kit for community educators to combat HIV-related stigma.
Truth Aid has been engaged in ethnographic research that uses visual media as a structural intervention for the past five years. We believe visual media is critical and vital for translating research about well-being into action. Our co-founder, Dr. Mehret Mandefro, presented some of our work at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. where scientists and advocates have long been working side by side to formulate creative responses that impact the global agenda on population health. A partial screenshot of her poster presentation can be seen to the right.
We look forward to publishing our results this year and will be posting our publications on the website. Stay tuned for updates.
All of Us is a feature-length documentary that featured Dr. Mehret Mandefro’s internal medicine residency research project at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Montefiore is a special place. All residents in the Social Medicine and Primary Care Department had to pick a community-based research project in order to complete residency. Her ethnographic research project explored the experiences of HIV positive African American women in her primary clinic to illuminate broader questions concerning racial disparities in HIV risk. She wanted to know why African American women were contracting the virus at disproportionate rates. The product of her research was the film All of Us. The film premiered on Showtime networks from 2008-2010.
This work was presented at the conference Structural Competency: new medicine for the institutional inequalities that makes us sick held at NYU March 23, 2012.