Ghost towns full of dust. Abandoned houses with creaking doors, and women and men deep with fear. This is the rural American South that Biagiotti exposes in her critically acclaimed documentary deepsouth.
For two and a half years, Biagiotti traveled 13,000 miles, and interviewed more than 400 people to tell a different kind of story about HIV and AIDS.
“It didn’t start with inspiration, it started with surprise. I came across with some statistics in the South: 50 percent higher rate of infection, AIDS being one of the leading causes of death for African Americans. It was so surprising,” Biagiotti says.
What seems as the setting of a horror movie turns to be an eye opening experience – a powerful film that shows a region marked by a legacy of slavery, high poverty rates and an epidemic so stigmatized that even those who are affected, prefer to ignore it.
“There is a quietness of HIV in the South and that nobody talks about it. There are like crickets around you,” she says. “This is the story of HIV in the South; it is the story of HIV without the activist movement.” Watch the interview with Lisa Biagiotti above to learn more about deepsouth.
Sep 17, 2019