It's Not Easy

Genre : Drama
Type : Telefilm
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1990
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 46 (in minutes)

An award winning a Tele-Drama on Aids (Prix Futura -youth category - 1991).

"It's Not Easy" was the first AIDS drama produced in Africa and tells the story of Suna, a young, married business executive with several girlfriends, who ignores warnings about AIDS.
Career, family and a nice girlfriend are all going well for Suna, a young African business executive. But everything changes when his newborn son is found to be infected with HIV - the deadly AIDS virus. It's Not Easy, but neighbors and co-workers learn to become allies, instead of enemies, in the battle for life. The movie is an anthem in Africa's struggle against the AIDS plague.

Run time: 46:24

directed by Faustin Misanvu,
assisted by George Sengendo.
Produced by John Riber

French, English, Swahili, Luganda, siSwati, Setswana, Zulu, Runyankole.
VHS NTSC or PAL US$29.95. DVD NTSC English or DVD PAL English, French or Swahili US$29.95. - 48 minutes. Discussion guidelines, research report and photonovela also available.

Produced in Uganda by John Riber with support from USAID/Kampala, AIDSCOM, AED, JHU, EIL, FUE and DSR.

Directed by Faustin Misanvu.

Prod : ILO and Federation of Uganda Employers

This dramatic film was made in Uganda.
It has won eight awards: National Council on Family Relations, The New York Festival, Medikinale International Parma, Prix Futura - Berlin, Int'l Communications Industries Association, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, the British Medical Association, Cinevue and FESPACO.

Director: Faustin J. Misanvu
Producer: John Riber, co-produced with Uganda Television
Production Company: AIDSCOM, Federation of Uganda Employers, Experiment in International Living, USAID/Kampala, Johns Hopkins University, Misanvu, Faustin
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: French
Keywords: AIDS; JHU/PCS; Workplace; Safer Sex; Fidelity; Partner Communication

Contact Information:
Media for Development International (MFDI)
184 Crescent Lane
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 USA
Telephone: (+1) 970 384 1190

This movie is available in streaming format.

Collection MFDI - It's not easy (English version)

1991 National Council on Family Relations;
1991 New York Festival; 1991 Medikinale International Parma;
1991 Prix Futura - Berlin;
1991 International Communications Industries Association;
1991 Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame;
1992 British Medical Association;
1994 Cinevue;
Groundwork in HIV/AIDS Cinema, Honorable Mention Award, ICASA Film Festival, Nigeria, 2005.


Collection MFDI - It's not easy (Swahili version) (1990)

Credits, Cor Draijer, who did the transfer from 16mm to MPG


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  • Gens de la Caraïbe
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  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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