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Traveling Festival


Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope
(49 minutes) Canada/Lesotho
Director: Patrick Reed
Producer: Peter Raymont

More than one-third of all adults in Lesotho, the tiny country in southern Africa, are HIV positive, it is the highest rate in the world. Attempting to remedy the pandemic, a small group of Canadian health care workers have traveled to a remote corner of Lesotho, to help set up one of the country's first HIV/AIDS clinics and to distribute life-saving anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). Currently, the program is in danger of being a victim of its own success. There are simply too many people desperate to get too few drugs. Failure is not an option. If the anti-retroviral drug pilot project collapses, an ARV resistant strain of HIV/AIDS may develop, spreading across the continent, and eventually into the West. Lesotho is not just a small, remote nation; it is the front-line of a global battle with literally millions of human lives at stake.

Filmmaker, journalist and writer Peter Raymont has produced and directed over a hundred documentary films and series during a 34-year career. His films have taken him to Ethiopia, Nicaragua, India, Rwanda, the High Arctic and throughout North America and Europe. Raymont is the recipient of thirty-five international awards including the Canadian Genie, four Gemini Awards, several Gold and Silver Hugos, The Sesterce d'Argent and other international honors. His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire was honored with the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentaries at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Raymont is also the Executive Producer of a new thirteen episode, one hour, dramatic series called The Border, for CBC television.

White Pine Pictures is an independent, Canadian film and television production company based in Toronto. It was founded in 1978 as Investigative Productions by filmmaker Peter Raymont. Filmmaker and writer Patrick Reed serves as head of development for White Pine Pictures.

Contact information:
Mandi Gorenstein
Distribution and Marketing Assistant
White Pine Pictures
822 Richmond St. West Suite 301
Toronto ON, M6J 1C9
E-mail: mandi@whitepinepictures.com
Web site: www.whitepinepictures.com
©2007 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
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