(Xhosa with English subtitles)

Mlungisi grew up without a father. As a young man, he drank and caused pain to his family. He first noticed that he was not healthy when he began losing weight. With his sister’s support, he tested for HIV and found out he was positive. As a way of dealing with the fear and loneliness that followed, Mlungisi asked for help and found emotional strength in a support group for people living with HIV. His wife passed away, and he now cares for his children on his own.

Key points to consider in viewing Mlungisi’s story

People living with HIV often experience both support and stigma. This is the case for Mlungisi, whose sisters support him but who also faces rejection after he learns he is positive. As you watch his story, consider how people can create support systems. Think also about the importance of men adopting new models for fatherhood, based not only on financial support but also on daily care and attention.

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Sonke works with many communities to use storytelling and digital media to help people tell their own stories around gender, violence, HIV and AIDS and related issues.

Sonke partnered with Silence Speaks to enable young people and adults affected by violence and HIV and AIDS to share their stories. Other digital stories have been produced with former prisoners who experienced sexual violence in jail. And the MenEngage African Youth Alliance and Sonke partnered with UNFPA to produce “Youth Stories of Change” along with a discussion guide and other resources.

Through intensive, participatory video production workshops, Sonke is bringing rarely-heard voices and images into the civic arena. Our hope is that by highlighting everyday stories, we will deepen existing conversations about gender norms and health issues, as well as empower the storytellers and their communities.

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