It's My Life

It's My Life

2002, Other
Zackie Achmat is HIV positive, and he can afford the antiretroviral drugs that keep the disease at bay. Most of South Africa's 5 million AIDS sufferers cannot. With President Thabo Mbeki publicly questioning the link between HIV and AIDS, Achmat decides to make a stand: Until these drugs are available through public health care, he's going to stop taking them. Documented over a five-month period, Achmat's protest does astonishing damage to his health -- but can it create political change?

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