The documentary, from filmmaker Andrew Jenks (MTV’s “World of Jenks” docuseries), was funded by the M.A.C AIDS Fund, the charitable arm of M.A.C Cosmetics. The release of “It’s Not Over” is timed to World AIDS Day, a global public health campaign about the pandemic.
Netflix, the world’s largest streaming service with more than 53 million users, will stream the 72-minute film in all its territories. SnagFilms, which offers free and ad-supported documentaries and indie films, is making “It’s Not Over” available through its app on Roku, Xbox, Sony devices and other platforms.
Jenks and the film’s backers aim to call attention to the issues of young people affected by HIV. An estimated 5 million adolescents and young people (aged 10-24) were living with HIV in 2013, according to the United Nations’ UNAIDS program. The org says about 1,800 adolescents and young people become infected with HIV every day, accounting for nearly 31% of all new HIV infections.
In “It’s Not Over,” Jenks profiles the lives of three individuals on three continents: in the U.S., Paige Rawl (pictured, above), an Indiana college freshman who has been living with HIV her entire life; in India, Sarang Bhakre, a Mumbai playwright who is openly gay in a country that outlaws homosexuality; and in South Africa, Lucky Mfundisi, a soccer coach and AIDS educator in the township of Khayelitsha, which has some of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world.
“It’s Not Over” previously aired on Participant Media’s Pivot cable channel on Nov. 19, after premiering the day before at an L.A. event hosted by M.A.C.