JSCC Participates in World AIDS Day with Showing of Documentary

Jackson State Community College will show a documentary titled ‘Where the Water Meets the Sky’ on Monday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m. in the Science Auditorium in the Math and Science Building on the Jackson campus. The event is part of World AIDS Day activities sponsored by the JSCC student group A Nation Against Genocide.

‘Where the Water Meets the Sky,’ narrated by Academy Award winning actor, Morgan Freeman, tells the story of a group of women from a remote town in northern Zambia who are given a unique opportunity to learn how to make a film on a subject of their choosing. In one of the poorest regions of the country, where women rarely have the chance to speak out, this group of twenty-three women produce a film about the plight of young women orphaned by AIDS. Inspired by the strength of Penelop, a young woman who agrees to share her story on film, the group becomes a force for change, showing how a single story can unite an entire community.

World AIDS Day, held this year on December 1, is the day when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. This year marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day.

To screen the film, Jackson State Community College is partnering with Camfed, an organization that is dedicated to fighting poverty and HIV/AIDS in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in their economic independence and leadership once they complete school. Screenings will be held at schools, universities and colleges across the United States, Montreal, Cambridge (UK), and refugee camps in East Africa.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diana Fordham, JSCC assistant professor of history, at 731-424-3520 x736 or dfordham@jscc.edu.