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June 18th, 2010, 02:06 AM
If you are not familiar with Sarah's story you are in for quite a treat.

Sarah Breidenbach was a highly regarded social worker who specialized in assisting people diagnosed HIV positive or with AIDS. For Sarah, this position was far more than a job, it was an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of her clients, and she approached her work with great dedication and conviction. She felt very strongly that by encouraging compliance with AIDS drug treatments and discouraging skepticism about the causal link between HIV and AIDS she was offering HIV positives their best possible chances for staying alive. But after more than half a decade of a professional and personal life that revolved around AIDS from the mainstream perspective, Sarah very reluctantly agreed to watch the documentary film, The Other Side of AIDS, and something remarkable happened as a result: she began to question the basis for her staunchly held views, and ultimately the direction and meaning of her life’s work. Listen in as David and Christine speak with Sarah about her journey from certainty into the unknown, an experience she recounts with intelligence, grace and unusual honesty. **The first 20 minutes are news items or drag the player bar ahead to start the interview: http://www.howpositiveareyou.com/2008/11/27/hpay-010/

Machismo Mata,(12mins 43secs): http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5182525669120422141&hl=en#a documentary short, shot in Puebla Mexico by Sarah Breidenbach, explores the stories of several women infected with HIV. Exposing, and exploring, the women's belief that HIV is being spread due to the culture of "machismo" in Mexico. In Mexico, women have limited sexual rights and are often affected by male partners who migrate back and forth between the U.S. and throughout Mexico. While away from home, many of these men have unprotected sex with co-workers and sex workers. They return, potentially infecting their loyal housewives with a number of sexually transmitted diseases. Sometimes these women are left to raise their children alone, their HIV status a carefully guarded secret. The men in Mexico are taught to believe that a measure of manhood depends heavily upon multiple sexual partners, while the women are often condemned or ostracized merely for speaking up about their personal rights. The filmmaker's of Machismo Mata were compelled to tell this story to call into question the issue of trust, as well as the widely accepted paradigm of HIV/AIDS testing and disease progression. For more information on alternative theories and views, please visit www.theothersideofaids.com. A new edition of Machismo Mata is currently in preproduction and will reflect a broader spectrum of women and men's health in Puebla. This film is a production of Reel Health Media.