AFTER a successful Australian premiere in Melbourne during the International AIDS Conference in July, an important documentary about people living with HIV will have its NSW premiere on Wednesday night.

NSW health minister Jillian Skinner and former High Court justice Michael Kirby will be attending the premiere screening, as will a number of the young gay and lesbians featured in the film.

Thirty years in the making, Transmission: The journey from AIDS to HIV tells the powerful and human stories of people living with HIV and the activism behind society’s changing attitudes about the virus.

Blending archival footage and with interviews from the present, renowned Swedish filmmaker Stefan Hildebrand tackles the taboo issues of sex and sexuality against the backdrop of fear and misunderstanding in the 1980s and 1990s.

He also looks at how the messages of hope are delivered by the young, tech-savvy generation of today.

Hildebrand’s filming journey started in 1988 when he visited Australia as part of a global effort to document the global struggles of HIV and AIDS. He recorded footage that became part of an archive containing over 900 hours worth of footage.

In Transmission, he revisits the Australian doctors and health workers who were on the frontline of the AIDS crisis of the 80s and featured in that archive, while also retracing his steps through AIDS-ravaged Cambodia — providing two contrasting case studies of how governments responded to the epidemic.

However, the documentary has a message of hope, and a timely and moving piece, especially with World AIDS Day just around the corner.

Transmission is showing at Event Cinemas George Street on November 19. An audience Q&A session moderated by ABC’s Fran Kelly will follow.

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