Swahili film with English captions: Living positively with HIV ("Hats Off", a Global Dialogues film)

Uploaded by ScenariosAfrica on 14.11.2012

Counselor, hello.
Ah, good morning, Sir!
Could I have a moment, please?
OK. I'm on my way now.
Ah! Good morning, Counselor!
Good morning, Director, Sir.
Ah, none of that, now. You may call me Ben. Sit down, won't you.
Ahh, tell me. I hope all went well with our HIV testing campaign?
Yes, it went very well.
And most of our personnel decided that they did want to be tested.
Great! Ehh, not giving any names, did any tests come back positive?
Several, unfortunately.
You and I know that confidentiality must be protected like gold.
Well. I hope they’re making use of your counseling and our other HIV services?
Unfortunately, no.
But why?
In fact, it’s a secret. She said that I shouldn’t tell anybody.
But it’s just incredible, you see.
She told me her uncle had come into a huge amount of money last year, and that she would...
She asked you not to tell anyone.
To keep her secret?
Well then goodbye.
Huh?! Goodbye to you, too!
What do you know about AIDS?
I'm afraid I don't speak her language. Let's go over and talk with the mechanics over there.
Hello, hello! Morning, Brother!
Good morning.
How are you?
Tell me. What do you know about HIV/AIDS?
AIDS is a sex disease for immoral people.
You can get it from prostitutes or if you sleep around a lot.
AIDS is shameful, you see.
So, you’re saying that you’ve never been with a girl?
Him!? He can't keep his pants on!
I see. But you have already been tested to see if you’re HIV positive or not, huh?
Tested? No, no, no, no, no, no.
Me neither. Anything but that, because HIV positive equals AIDS equals death.
It means that you’re going to die fast, and that's it. It’s all over.
They must be joking! Aren't ideas like that gone for good?
No, they're comedians!
Or maybe this show was made two decades ago.
Unfortunately, there are people who still haven’t understood.
No, I hate to say it but it's a fact. On my last visit I heard some crazy things in Dapura. You see...
What's up, hey?
Long time.
How're you?
Yeah, fine.
Since our last talk, how've you been feeling?
I've been having good and bad moments.
You see, I’ve been doing this job for a long time, and I’ve never violated anyone’s confidentiality.
So, you can trust me, and you can trust your doctor.
Nobody else knows you’re HIV positive!
It's like I said when I gave you your test results,
Only you decide with whom you talk about it, and when.
You see this cap?
It belonged to a friend I respect a lot.
He wore it for the same reasons as you.
But he was wrong too.
His HIV positive status was never written on his forehead, like he thought.
And, he gave it to me when he finally understood he wouldn't be needing it.
Do you mind?
You see. There’s nothing.
There's no mark? Are you sure?
Yes. Very sure.
But, I saw it again this morning.
(Laughs.) You're the only one who believes that.
If you wish, we can talk somewhere that's more confidential.
Well yeah, I sure would.
OK. Come on.
When I saw my test result – HIV positive!
I just wanted to scream in despair, and to cry every tear I had.
I was afraid of everything. I was even afraid to look at myself in the mirror.
I had a decision to make: Either stay in a state of total distress, or fight.
It was all up to me. So, I said to myself as I looked in the mirror:
“Stop sitting around, and get down to work!”
I discovered sources of strength and hope all around me.
They live with HIV, and they are:
My confidant, my friend...
Just like you.
You too don’t have any reason at all not to pursue your dreams with optimism.
That's on condition that you make good use of available sources of HIV care and treatment.
I'll always be here for you.
And please, you've got to see your doctor regularly.
If she prescribes a treatment, you must follow it to the letter.
I often see that the most dangerous enemy of an HIV positive person is himself.
They stigmatise themselves. So please, don’t do that!
The first person who has to give you a chance is YOU.
You know, it helps a lot to open up to those who love you and to have their support.
Among those people, is there someone you can count on to keep a secret?
Yes, I believe that there is.
OK. That's good. One more thing that really helps is to speak with others who live with HIV.
Speaking of which, someone who works in our company
told me he would be pleased to share his experiences with other people.
And regarding confidentiality, you can count on him. He’s a good man.
He authorised me to call him in situations just like this.
It’s all up to you. If you’d like to speak with him, I’ll go get him, and you can have a discussion.
Well sure I'd like to meet him.
OK. I’ll be right back. I'll go see if he's free.
And here he is!
Huh? Director, Sir!
How are you doing?
It never was written on my forehead. Eh?
I'm HIV positive and have been for several years.
The Board of Directors knew that when they hired me.
You can count on my full support any time you need it. My door is wide open.
Come see me any time you wish. We’ve got to move forward.
And the advice I have for you today, and I insist on this, too,
is to make the fullest use of our care and treatment resources. OK?
They set up those services for you, and for me too! We've got to use them well!
Thanks very much, Director.
Don’t mention it. We’re in this together.
Well then, Counselor! You're doing a fine job here!
Thank you, Director.
Good to talk to you. Goodbye.
Have a seat. You see, you’re not alone.
I thank you very much for all your advice.
I feel much better. I'm grateful, Counselor.
My pleasure!
Could I please take some ... some condoms?
Of course! Of course! Life goes on. Help yourself.
Many thanks, Counselor.
Here. Take some more!
That's fine! My greetings to your family. Thanks!
Good luck! Bye!
Counselor, thanks again!
Well done! See you soon!
Many thanks!