Review / “Aids Revolution” (2022) by Frédéric Chaudier
On the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1, the documentary Revolution AIDS is released in cinemas. The director, Frédéric Chaudier, depicts a damning vision of the fight against AIDS throughout the world. Criticism and opinion of Bulles de Culture.
AIDS Revolution : an ongoing struggle
The World Health Organization announced 20 years ago: Health for all by the year 2000. Today the documentary AIDS Revolution shows that the objective is clearly not achieved.
On the occasion of World AIDS Day, the medical community showed that the advances in research against this disease are spectacular, even suggesting the arrival of a vaccine. However, the feature film shows a reality on the ground that counterbalances the medical announcements. Worldwide, 37 million people are currently living with AIDS. Only 17 million have access to effective treatment. For others, AIDS always rhymes with death.
The director Frédéric Chaudier will travel to several areas of the globe to denounce the calamitous care of the sick. In Africa, the first continent affected by the epidemic, the documentary filmmaker puts down his suitcases in Zulu territory. In a remote village with an urban population, 70% of the inhabitants live with the virus with the sole support of a psychotherapist who herself has the disease.
In Russia, a bus on the initiative of Doctors of the World travels around the capital to help drug users. The latter were deprived by the Soviet government of a treatment based on methadone, which could however cure them of their addiction.
After wanting to hide the HIV problem under the rug for a long time, China found itself with record contamination rates due to contaminated blood bags. In Asia, the sick are plague victims, especially in Thailand where they are taken in by Buddhist monks for their end of life.
At last, AIDS Revolution does not ignore the nonsense of the greatest world powers. For example, New York is still hit by many contaminations. Following Donald Trump’s health care cuts, homeless New Yorkers can no longer get antiviral treatment.
Our opinion ?
The documentary certainly does not have a cinematic ambition. However, the feature film is particularly instructive thanks to a meticulous research work tending to a concrete inventory of fixtures on the evolution of AIDS. As often, altruism is no match for the economy. On this point, AIDS revolution adopts a committed point of view, strongly criticizing the behavior of pharmaceutical laboratories which are still reluctant to lift their licenses to make it possible for the poorest countries to use medicines. Unfortunately, the film suffers from having been produced before the COVID crisis, which again made it possible to advance AIDS.
- Release date France: 30/11/2022
- Distribution France: JHR Films