About the Movie
The Documentary Film
“Why Us? Left Behind and Dying” is an in-depth examination of the reasons why HIV rates are disproportionately high in black communities. It was made from the point of view of a small group of inner-city African-American teenagers, ages 14-17, from Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, PA.
The students conduct most of the interviews and one of them narrates it. They participate as “co-researchers” along with the filmmakers. They ask probing and direct questions of scientists, health workers and people in their own community with HIV and full- blown AIDS. They talked to heterosexuals, homosexuals, and intravenous drug users.