Care and Love
The high profile success of The Blood of Yingzhou District—winner of Oscar's Best Documentary this year—has encouraged worldwide attention on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in China. Almost at same time, two works on the subject have spreaded among the HIV/Aids activists and NGOs in China, The Central Plains (2006), and Care and Love(2007), directed by Ai Xiaoming, a professor from Sun Yat-sen University, and filmed by herself and Hu Jie.
Care and Love draws its inspiration from 'Investigation of HIV/AIDS in Xingtai', a feature article written by Wang Keqin, a senior journalist at China Economic Times, which tells the story of Liu Xianhong, a woman villager who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion during childbirth. The film documents how she publicized her story, filed a lawsuit with her 8-year-old son against the local hospital and eventually received compensation. The film also records the sufferings of several families and a collective effort to defend their own rights by people living with HIV/AIDS, who set up an organization, 'Care and Love Group'. The film reveals an increasing awareness of civil rights in rural areas. Growing social concern, media intervention and legal aid have forced the local government to compromise and modify their policy, and improve the situation for AIDS patients. Care and Love thus shows the possibility for social change on the way to social justice.