For the film, more than 50 women, men, and young people were interviewed or profiled in the following regions and locations: Uganda, South Africa, Haiti, Switzerland, India, Nepal, Ukraine, Cambodia, and various locations in the United States including New York City, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Cambridge.
Several universally recognized individuals appear in the film as well. These include: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and Bono of U2. The interview with His Holiness was His first on the subject of "universal responsibility" in the context of the global AIDS epidemic.
Glenn Close and Will Smith are the film's narrators.
A Closer Walk is a production of Worldwide Documentaries, a not-for-profit film production company focusing on matters of cultural, social, and humanitarian interest.
ABOUT A CLOSER WALK
A Closer Walk is the first film to provide a definitive portrayal of humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic. Directed, written, and produced by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, and narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, the film explores the intricate relationship between health, dignity, and human rights, and shows how the harsh realities of AIDS in the world are an expression of the way the world really is. Inclusive interviews with individuals from all walks of life, including His Holiness the Dali Lama, Kofi Annan, and Bono, combine with stories, portraits, and vignettes of children, women and men living with AIDS on four continents. Breathtaking cinematography by Richard D. Young celebrates human dignity even as it bears witness to immense human suffering.
All these elements are woven together in a beautifully crafted film that is not only about a deadly infections disease, but about the human condition. Moving, thought-provoking, and ultimately inspiring, A Closer Walk tells us that if we act with compassion and conviction- if we walk the walk - we can put an end to the worst plague in human history, and reaffirm our membership in the human family.
AIDS IN THE WORLD TODAY
Since A Closer Walk was released in 2003, great strides have been made in the fight against AIDS, but the need for awareness is as great as ever. This disease continues to affect millions of people around the world.
>>Since the discovery of the HIV/AIDS virus, 39 MILLION people have died from the disease
>>HIV IS THE WORLD'S LEADING INFECTIOUS KILLER
>>Currently, 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide
>>HIV infects cells of the IMMUNE SYSTEM