We launched our crowdfunding campaign just two days ago and we have already raised nearly 20% of the first goal. Your support matters a lot and I would like to thank you personally for your generosity. I am overwhelmed and totally determined to make my first documentary happen.
I want to make this project global and I will continue to raise social awareness about the problem of AIDS, that does not have borders.
Today I am reaching out to public figures and opinion makers in Belarus. in Europe and all around the world. Together, we can make the world a better place. I will also continue to look for a producer who could guide me trough my journey.
Let’s carry on!
We have spent 3 days with Jan, editing our rushes and putting everything together. It’s been an intense, but very productive week. Few hours of rough videos, three interviews, music search and we have finally finished our work. One day to go before the launching. The journey has just begun.
One of the most interesting and important part of this journey was to dig into archives of the local TV station “Ranak”. There are VHS and DVDs from 1992 to digital videos from nowadays. They have one goal – to keep the most significant events and current affairs in the town’s memory. I’ve watched dozens of interviews with the then drug addicts – many of them have already died…
Second day was one of the most difficult one. We had to film an interview with my mother and one of the location was this local cemetery. Walking through the rows, she was naming her friends every single minute. Since I was recording her sound with a wireless mic, I heard everything she was saying. That was one of the hardest moments for me as well, as at this cemetery there is a grave of my uncle and my friend’s mother. Grave after grave, you can see the birthdates… 1970, 1978, 1982 and so on… AIDS was the main reason for many young people buried here.
The cemetery was opened in 1999 and it’s already shot down for no space… For a town of less than 80 000, there is a 4th cemetery recently opened.