deepsouth, an award-winning documentary about four Southerners whom HIV has touched in various ways, has been traveling the world for film festival screenings, and now director Lisa Biagiotti is taking it on the road for a domestic grassroots tour.

The film focuses on HIV/AIDS in the rural South specifically, where rates of infection are nearly 50 percent higher than in the rest of the country. As Biagiotti found when traveling the region to film the documentary, the South has the weakest safety net programs, the highest rates of poverty, the most prisoners, the fewest needle-exchange programs, the most uninsured people, and the least HIV/AIDS funding. It’s basically an ideal breeding ground for the deadly virus.

The film will screen on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. at the College of Charleston’s Physicians Auditorium. The event is free, and Biagiotti and Monica Johnson, who is profiled in the film, will both be in attendance for a Q&A session after the film. You can learn more about the film, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and how it affects the South on the very informative website

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