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The project

"Whisper down the lane” is an artistic research project,
which explores existing communication paradigms about HIV/Aids.

The goal of this multimedia project is to raise worldwide awareness about the existing misconceptions around HIV/Aids by amplifying unheard voices. We’re convinced that only society itself can make a difference in a ruling taboo.

Topic

HIV/Aids is one of the biggest problems in African society.

The negative effects of the numerous rumors that exists around HIV/Aids are not only statistically elusive, but contribute in spreading the virus as well.
Lack of medical knowledge, taboos, stigma and fear, interplay and provide further expansion of rumors and social exclusion. Because of existing mystification around HIV/Aids people refuse getting important medical help. Prevailing rumors like “you can cure HIV by having sex with uninfected individuals” often lead to physical assaults such as rape or child abuse.

Documentary

In a village in Kenya, four women talk about their life. Not all of them are infected, but they all made life changing experiences concerning HIV/Aids. Apprehensible HIV does not only emerge as a virus but as fear inside people too. In the area rumors go round and a lot of people believe them. Legends and myths, half-truths and prejudices have negative effects on society.
Tabooing, stigmatization and violence are the consequences the women were confronted with. Employees in social organizations on site are talking about the experiences they made during their work. There is positive progression, but people's fear is a mighty opponent in the fight against HIV and Aids.

Screenings:

28.9.2013, Massolit Books and Café, Budapest (HU)
20.6.2013, Opener at Filmfest Rejected - Die Bäckerei, Innsbruck (AT)
13.12.2012, CINEMA NEXT - Das Kino, Salzburg (AT)
4.12.2012, Mapping Africa - EGA:Frauen im Zentrum, Vienna (AT)
28.11.2012, CINEMA NEXT - KIZ RoyalKino, Graz (AT)
30.8. - 2.9.2012, Ars Electronica - The Big Picture Cinema - Brucknerhaus, Linz (AT)
26.7.2012, Schnopfi-Stadl, Oberneukirchen (AT)
8.6.2012, Premiere - Fachhochschule Salzburg, Salzburg (AT)

Poster campaign

To inspire people to communicate and think about the subject, it’s necessary to address the issue in public. To do so, we developed a serie of posters that picture people from the neck down, holding a piece of paper on which they wrote down in a few sentences what they want to share with society. Every message is linked to the rumors about HIV/Aids and its consequences. It’s designed without slogans or web addresses in order to let the messages speak for themselves.
Because of the exclusive use of paper and printing to local standards, the campaign has an authentic appearance. This means also the aesthetics of the medium contributes to further identification in eventual public appearance.
About 1300 posters were in this action, a large area located on power poles and usable building space. In the aftermath of the campaign public discussion about this taboo topic took place on the streets and because of its strong presence the campaign led to numerous HIV testings.
The successful execution of our poster campaign and the resulting reactions motivated us to take further steps.
Therefore, we would attempt to widen the scope.

Non-profit

All work within the project is done voluntarily. So we want to ensure maximum sustainability and transparency in the use of financial resources. 51% of all financial gains are proportionally divided among the kenyan project participants. All protagonists, assistants, social workers have worked without getting payed in the first year. The remaining 49% of the proceeds will be used to promote local art and social projects. As part of the project funding in February 2013 the artist collective "Bushfire artists" was founded.

A project of

Sebastian Frisch

Sebastian Frisch

Managing Director
Head of Audio

Julia-Pia Huemer

Julia-Pia Huemer

Director Assistent
Executive Producer

Julia Zisser

Julia Zisser

Executive Producer
Screenplay Editor
Editor

Christina Schmölz

Christina Schmölz

Screenplay
Head of Camera
Colour Correction

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Victoria Preuer

Poster campaign
Screenplay
Design

Martin Keindl

Martin Keindl

Camera

Andreas Steger

Andreas Steger

Camera

Hannah Langhagel

Hannah Langhagel

Audio Mix

Thanks to:

Betty Kitili
Angel Kisangau
Andrew Nyenya Nyambeau
Mohammed Abdullah Mwatellah
Akullah Khamisi
Baobab Family e.V.

Contact

Feel free to contact us: info@whisperdownthelane.com
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