Still Eye Rise Media Wraps Production on ‘Growing Up Positive’ (Watch Trailer)

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Washington, DC — Still Eye Rise Media is proud to announce wrapping production of Growing Up Positive, a film about HIV/AIDS told through the eyes of two women who were born HIV+. The film was in production for several years and anticipates a warm reception for World AIDS Day on December 1st.
Writer/Director and Executive Producer, Yasmin Shiraz was inspired to produce Growing Up Positive while working on a book about an HIV+ teen. In her initial research, she realized HIV+ stories weren’t being told from a young person’s perspective, particularly about their schooling, dating, relationships and sexual experiences.
Growing Up Positive features two HIV activists, Hydeia Broadbent and Abigail Harrigan. Broadbent, a nationally and internationally known activist, has been speaking about HIV/AIDS her entire life and has been featured on Oprah as well as numerous other media outlets. Harrigan, an HIV educator who works for a university, didn’t start speaking out about HIV until she was in her late teens.
“I didn’t only want to be known as the girl with AIDS,” Broadbent shares in the film and testifies to how being an activist at such a young age prevented her from having a ‘normal’ life. She wanted to go to the prom and go to football games but a hectic activist schedule often prevented those opportunities.
“I didn’t have to take any HIV medication until I started having sex,” Harrigan shares in the film detailing what it was like to be a HIV+ person who didn’t require medication until becoming sexually active. Harrigan admits the first time she went to the clinic for her health, she had full blown AIDS after her first sexual encounter.

Their stories detail what its like to be taunted in school, to have to tell your college roommate you’re HIV+ and more. And, although Broadbent and Harrigan share some similarities, with Broadbent being an African American and Harrigan being a white American, race quietly plays a note throughout the film. At times Broadbent’s experiences seem more harsh and Harrigan’s seem more gentile. Is race the underlying cause?

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