TALK BACK OUT LOUD

By Kaori SAKAGAMI

OMGACT ENTERTAINMENT LLC - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2013

San Francisco is a city known as the mecca of HIV/AIDS treatment centers. Even in this city and even to this day, due to stigma, women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are forced to live in silence, particularly women of color.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 119 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kaori SAKAGAMI
    • Writer(s)
    • Kaori SAKAGAMI
    • Producer(s)
    • Ayumi ASO
    • Synopsis
    • Since 2008, The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, an all-women amateur theater group which originated in jail, has been working in collaboration with Women’s HIV Program to mainly tug these women out of the closet and to break their silence.
      In March 2010, their new‘documentary’theater piece was premiered. It featured women living with HIV, and was performed by sixteen women, half of whom were diagnosed positive.
      This production was developed over two years in workshops facilitated by Rhodessa Jones, an acclaimed performer/founder. The film takes us inside Jones’ workshop to witness their unique process of creating a play. Supported by the nurturing of sisterhood beyond class, race and ethnicity, these women of diverse backgrounds including former inmates and prostitutes are able to speak out about their own lives without hiding traumatic events such as rape and HIV disclosure.
      Their performance is highly interactive and provocative. Both HIV positive and negative performers act as being positive on stage. The audience is expected to play and dance with the cast, and give feedback in a talk-back session after the performance.
      Is it a therapy treatment? Is it art or entertainment? Or is it activism?
      TALK BACK OUT LOUD challenges us to face the reality of marginalized women and to examine our own perceptions and lifestyles.
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