This powerful autobiographical documentary explores what happens to Linus Ignatius when he tests positive for HIV while living in Berlin.
The changes Ignatius goes through as he are depicted in an unflinchingly honest manner – complete with scenes of – rarely seen in most depictions.The film’s conception – and some friendly advice. “I made the film because it was something to ,” Ignatius explains. “A dear friend I had contacted, Victor Jeffries, told me to I was going through.” Ignatius’ camera had been stolen a week prior and to was an old ‘90s camcorder his then-boyfriend had in storage. Thus of video diary-keeping which from Ignatius picking up medication to to confessing his deepest fears and longings to his camera.
became the backbone of what would eventually become – but more importantly, they kept Ignatius in a time when many have a hard time .
“Because I had a camera, ,” Ignatius says. “Every experience, every pain, every minute of my day of some kind. When I told a mentor of mine, Danny Fields [the legendary former manager of The Ramones and The Stooges] about , he said “People won’t love you for your polish. They’ll .” Positive was my punk, rough-around-the-edges response to a couple of blows .
Ignatius sees presence on as a crucial step in . “I think it’s exciting to have the film hosted on a website like that displays adult content. I think it’s important that HIV is part of our , and vice versa. It’s an interesting way of subverting . From my perspective, for someone there is always a little bit of death in sex, and vice versa.”
curator Adam Baran adds, “It’s so important to me personally to have this film added to . Part of my mission with is to bring engaging and dynamic shorts that highlight that don’t get seen or considered by many who . Previous selections like HOLE, which dealt with sex and disability, HATTIE GOES CRUISING, which dealt with sex and aging, and G’O CLOCK, which delved into chemsex, have all been important additions to the collection. With , we finally have added HIV/AIDS to our ongoing conversation. is sure to open people’s eyes to the reality of seroconversion and provoke dialogue and discussion in our community. Not to mention Ignatius is a very sexy, .”
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