Filmmakers June Cross and Lisa Desai on Covering America's “Medical Apartheid”

  June Cross and Lisa Desai at the Columbia Journalism School, speaking after the screening of their film Wilhemina's War.

June Cross and Lisa Desai at the Columbia Journalism School, speaking after the screening of their film Wilhemina's War.

"When I first went down to South Carolina, I thought I knew what to expect. But I wasn’t prepared for it. Not at all."

Wilhemina's War, from producer Lisa Desai and filmmaker June Cross, traces the impact of HIV through three generations of women in a rural South Carolina community. Desai and Cross spoke about the long process to make their film about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which disproportionately hits black women living in the rural South, and the urgency to create a film about what Cross calls America's "Medical Apartheid."

This screening and Q&A were part of our Film Friday Event Series, sponsored by The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards and The Columbia Journalism School Documentary Program.

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