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.

The students are also research subjects within the documentary. As the film unfolds they discuss their ideas and beliefs about HIV as well as their own safe and/or unsafe sexual practices.

Film Clip on IMDB.com