The stories are woven together by insights from church workers, social workers, educators, and medical professionals who face a collapsing health-care system even as they struggle to stand by those who are suffering. These caregivers help us see the connection between the AIDS crisis in Africa and the broader issues of extreme poverty, inequality, and international policies that keep the cycle spinning. They point to excessive debt, the structural adjustment programs of the World Bank and the IMF, and drug patent issues that make medications unavailable to the poor as factors behind this modern-day plague that has wiped out an entire generation of Africans.
The extraordinary social cost represented in Coming to Say Goodbye challenges viewers to take up the role of global advocate in combating this devastating disease.
Globe-Silver Award (World Media Festival, Hamburg, Germany)
International Film and Video Festival Award for Creative Excellence
Cine Golden Eagle Award
World Medal Winner (New York Film Festival’s Film and Video Competition)
Heart of the Festival Award (Vermont International Film Festival)
Cable networks in the U.S.
Screenings and Festivals
World Media Festival (Hamburg, Germany)
United Nations Film Festival
International Film and Video Festival; The New York Festivals Film & Video Competition
Vermont International Film Festival
How to use this film
Coming to Say Goodbye is part of our Connecting the Dots series, which shows how policies carried out by the industrialized world create poverty and suffering in the developing world. These documentaries are thought-provoking resources on the global dimensions of social and environmental justice. Click here to read a review of this series by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Ph.D.
Specific suggestions for showing our films in your community can be found under Using Our Films. Further information on HIV/AIDS in Africa is available on the following websites: