A unique record of the HIV and AIDS epidemic

For more than thirty years, the Swedish film director and journalist Staffan Hildebrand has documented the global impact of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Karolinska Institutet is in the process of making this unique film collection available online as The Face of AIDS Film Archive. Read more about the archive »

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The total stock of the online archive amounts to some 700 hours of filmed material from all over the world divided in about 2000 videos.
This is the story about Steve Sjöquist - writer, HIV activist and deacon at Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset in Stockholm. Steve was diagnosed with HIV in 1987 and he was one of the first Swedish AIDS patients to get the new antiretroviral therapy in 1996. It saved his life.
HIV and AIDS History
Activism & NGO:s
Personal Stories
2015_den-langsta-resan-ar-resan-inat_eng-sub
Public (Level 1)
Staffan Hildebrand returns to Australia, where he started his project of documenting the AIDS epidemic in 1988, and to Cambodia where he first arrived in 1998. He interviews some of the scientists and activists who he met back then and displays some footage from the archive.
Australia
Activism & NGO:s
Key Populations
Women and AIDS
2014_transmission_edited
Public (Level 1)
Interviews with young HIV and AIDS activists from Cambodia, Mexico, Sweden, South Africa, and the United States, on youth, HIV and AIDS.
Sweden
Activism & NGO:s
Youth
2012_passing_on_the_torch_edited
Public (Level 1)
XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. Interview with the French Virologist, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2008 for discovering HIV as the cause of AIDS. Here she talks about the possibility of ending AIDS.
USA
Washington D.C.
Conferences
HIV and AIDS History
Science/Research
2012_88_edited
Public (Level 1)
Staffan Hildebrand looks back on his 25 years of documenting the HIV and AIDS epidemic for the Face of AIDS Film Archive. The film portrays a shift from pessimism towards a growing optimism in the response to HIV and AIDS.
Australia
HIV and AIDS History
Activism & NGO:s
Stigma
2011_from_stigma_to_hope_hsph_edited
Public (Level 1)
This is a documentary about community networks in Southern Africa focusing on educating people about HIV prevention and providing support and care for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Zimbabwe
Activism & NGO:s
Treatment and Care
2009_sat_frontliners_edited
Public (Level 1)
The American actress Sharon Stone talks about her memories of Rock Hudson who died of AIDS in 1985. She reflects on the time of the AIDS outbreak and the fear and ignorance surrounding the disease in the 1980's.
Sweden
Stockholm
Personal Stories
Stigma
2008_95_edited
Public (Level 1)
This is a short film about the global HIV and AIDS response lead by the young generation. Youths and representatives of community networks and health care centers in Cambodia, United States, Mexico, Botswana, Russia and India talk about HIV awareness and prevention.
Switzerland
Activism & NGO:s
Key Populations
Youth
2007_unaids_aids_perspectives_edited
Public (Level 1)
This film tells the US story of the AIDS epidemic starting in the early 1980's. Scientists and activists, both pioneers and youths of today, talk about research, prevention, treatment and care. They also discuss stigma, homophobia and poverty as closely related to HIV and AIDS.
USA
HIV and AIDS History
Activism & NGO:s
Science/Research
2007_america_and_aids_edited
Public (Level 1)
This film is about women from different parts of the world who are active in the HIV activist movement. They discuss gender inequality and the exposed situation of women and girls and explain the educational and empowering work which they are doing in their communities.
Switzerland
Activism & NGO:s
Women and AIDS
Stigma
2006_women_at_the_frontline_of_the_aids_response
Public (Level 1)
This documentary focuses on stigma and the situation of people living with HIV in Sweden. The film focuses on the consequences of the ignorance and lack of information on HIV and AIDS. It is a story of three individuals living with HIV.
Sweden
Personal Stories
Women and AIDS
Stigma
2005_vi_och_dom
Public (Level 1)
This film is about the global AIDS situation. The film starts in Europe and the United States and ends up in Zimbabwe and Uganda. It tells about the global disparities of drug access, but also about the successful HIV and AIDS responses of Thailand, Cambodia and Uganda.
Sweden
Key Populations
Women and AIDS
1998_global_challenge_edited
Public (Level 1)

As parts of the Face of AIDS Film Archive are being made available online, we have found it necessary to anonymize some of the participants. This may apply to children, people in vulnerable situations, and people who risk persecution in their home countries. If you appear in any of the films presented at this site and you want the content or personal information to be removed, please contact us