Event of Related Interest: Free Screening: Lovesick (2018)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fowler Museum

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Lovesick (2018)
Dir.: Ann S. Kim & Priya Giri Desai, 74 min.
In English/Tamil/Hindi with Subtitles

In 1986, Dr. Suniti Solomon discovered India’s first case of HIV. But without
medicines, she could only console patients who “other doctors weren’t even
willing to touch.” She quit her prestigious academic post in microbiology and
founded YRG CARE, one of India’s first HIV/AIDS clinics. Back then, HIV was a
death sentence. Today, thanks to affordable generic drugs, Dr. Solomon’s patients
live longer, healthier lives – and, like all young Indians, face the pressure to marry.
At 72, in the twilight of her career, Dr. Solomon finds herself in a new role:
marriage matchmaker.

Lovesick interweaves Dr. Solomon’s unconventional personal and professional
journeys with the lives of two patients: Karthik, a reticent bachelor, and Manu, a
bubbly IT professional who, like many women in India, was infected by her first
husband. As Karthik and Manu search for love, they learn how to survive under
the shadow of HIV. Eight years in the making, Lovesick is a surprising portrait of
modern love in the age of AIDS.

Through Positive Eyes Film Series
Each month the Fowler presents documentaries and feature films that address
the global health crisis created by HIV and AIDS. Programs feature talk backs and
conversations cohosted by Los Angeles–based social services and community
organizations following the screenings.

Related Exhibition: Through Positive Eyes
Photography, video, and live storytelling components produced by people living
with HIV and AIDS offer intimate access to everyday and extraordinary life
moments from their perspectives. Their artistic statements are powerful tools for
combating stigma, one of the most formidable barriers to fighting the epidemic.

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$3/hr or max $13/day. Rideshare drop-off 305 Royce Drive.

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