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Recounting the stories of several personal commitments, Passeurs outlines the key steps of an unprecedented mobilization, telling a story of AIDS which joins in with the wider field of social history. A film which tackles the essential work of coming to terms with our past.
Today, more than thirty years after the beginning of the epidemic, it is possible to look at the cultural and social history of AIDS. AIDS cannot be considered as a meaningful event but as a generator, an initiator, a producer of new activism. The history of AIDS is part of social history, emphasizing more particularly the capacity of invention of associations and new modes of political action. This film will assess and analyse this mobilization through real life stories which highlight the human dimension. We met famous people, characters, unknown people, and associative and political stakeholders in the United States, in France and in Africa. These men and women tell their story, act, remember. They tell how the AIDS virus made an intrusion into their lives and how they still defend today, commitments that are ever more important.


Originally from Chile, Pamela Varela migrated to France in the 70s. She works as a  writer, director and producer on documentaries, video installations and fiction shorts.
She works on the question of identity and explores the relationship to the personal and family memory. She has previously directed Ana’s Journey (long feature film, 2014), Souffre! (short film, 2012), Las Sasons (documentary, 2008).


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  • Rights
    Festivals, Sales
  • Country
  • Year

  • Length
    150’, col.
  • Director 
    Pamela Varela
  • Screenplay
    Pamela Varela
  • Editing
    Yannis Polinacci, Pamela Varela

  • Photography
    Emmanuel Trousse
  • Music
    Olivier Sailhan
  • Sound
    Sergio Henriquez, Geraud Bec

  • Cast
    Aaron Shurin, Cleve Jones, Charles Simmons, Andrew Velez, Mikael Ighodaro, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Bruno Spire, Daniel Defert, Line Renaud, Anne Bouferguène, Fred Bladou, Alou, Coulibaly, Alyou Sylla, Cheikh Sidibe Hamala, Yanne Coulibaly
  • Producers
    Pamela Varela, Michel Dutheil, with Michel Bourelly
  • Production
    Ananda Productions, in coproduction with Sida: Fonds pour la mémoire

  • Vues d’en Faces Grenoble 2016
  • Montevideo Uruguay International Film Festival 2016
  • Creteil Women Film Festival 2016
  • Monterrey International Queer Film Festival 2016
  • Chéries-Chéris Paris 2017 – Special Screenings

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