Fig Trees is the story of South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat who went on a treatment strike in 1999, refusing to take his pills until they were widely available to all South Africans. This symbolic act helped build his Treatment Action Campaign into a national movement, while with each passing month, Zackie grew sicker.
The Fall 2012 Political art and the Public Sphere series is dedicated to raising social, cultural, and political questions related to HIV, particularly how the disease has been treated as an affliction of a despised sexuality, and how different communities have been impacted by and addressed the problem.
This series of films marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery and naming of the HIV virus (1982-2012). In 2010 the United Nations estimated that some 30 million people globally have died of complications related to AIDS; 1.5-2.0 million more die every year.
Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky hosts a series of events called Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS). The idea behind PAPS is to consider how political art raises provocative social and political questions, and to engage in discussion with students, faculty, and members of the general public.
Students must attend both the film AND the discussion to receive credit for this event.