‘The Last Mile’ – 25th anniversary of the movie Philadelphia and take stock in responses to HIV narrated by Quarraisha Abdool Karim
‘The Last Mile’ – documentary to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie Philadelphia and take stock in responses to HIV narrated by Quarraisha Abdool Karim
A recently produced mini documentary, The Last Mile, highlights the progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the release of the movie Philadelphia in 1993.
CAPRISA’s Quarraisha Abdool Karim does the narration reflecting on the devastation of the epidemic particularly in Africa and the significant gains made thirty years on. However, her message is clear: there is no time for complacency as new HIV infections continue to spread at unacceptable levels. Abdool Karim is the UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV.
The 25-minute documentary, released by Coca Cola and RED, features interviews with Philadelphia cast members Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington and Mary Steenburgen, and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, who reflect on the making of the film and how it helped shift societal perceptions about HIV/AIDS from fear to compassion.
The Last Mile to be released in Toronto on November 30 on the eve of World AIDS Day 2018 (themed: Know your status), will be available globally on streaming platforms including Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and Facebook. Philadelphia will be re-released in theaters in select cities together with The Last Mile marking the iconic film’s 25th anniversary.
RED was founded in 2006 by Bono of U2 and Bobby Shriver with the mission to make it easy for people and businesses to join the fight against the deadly virus.
The short documentary, The Last Mile, can be viewed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAt33Q9gAsQ
Photo caption: Quarraisha Abdool Karim with Kim Snyder, producer of The Last Mile at the recording of the narration in Durban.