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Master Positive

Author: Kelly Kowalski; Carla Hoffmann; Mubasen Film & Video Productions.; Steps for the Future (Organization); California Newsreel (Firm)
Publisher: [South Burlington, Vt.] : California Newsreel, [2001?]
Series: Steps for the Future (Series), 17.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : PAL color broadcast system : VHS tape : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Master Positive tells the story of an HIV-positive Namibian coffin maker, Simon Elago. Follows Simon as he constructs a prototype papier-mache coffin and makes his first sale. Simon strives through humor and a positive outlook to overcome the social and personal consequences of the virus.
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Genre/Form: Short films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Motion pictures
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Kelly Kowalski; Carla Hoffmann; Mubasen Film & Video Productions.; Steps for the Future (Organization); California Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 54851877
Language Note: In English and Nama, with English subtitles.
Notes: Container erroneously states the video is in PAL format.
Master Positive is 8 min. long; Not afraid is 7 minutes long.
Description: 1 videocassette (15 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS, NTSC.
Series Title: Steps for the Future (Series), 17.
Other Titles: Not afraid.
Responsibility: director & editor, Kelly Kowalski. Not afraid / directed by Carla Hoffmann ; produced by Mubasen Film & Video Productions.

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Master Positive tells the story of an HIV-positive Namibian coffin maker, Simon Elago. Follows Simon as he constructs a prototype papier-mache coffin and makes his first sale. Simon strives through humor and a positive outlook to overcome the social and personal consequences of the virus.

Not afraid tells the story of Cathy from Namibia, who is 36 and has four children. During her second marriage, she got pregnant four times but lost the baby on each occasion. During her fourth pregnancy she took an HIV test, and was told that she was HIV-positive as she was going into labor. Not only was she informed insensitively at an inappropriate moment with no counseling, she also received no special care for the delivery of her child. Born prematurely, her baby had to remain in hospital but did not survive. Cathy now counsels HIV-positive people.

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