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New York Festivals Honors VOA Documentary


WASHINGTON, D.C. —The VOA documentary AIDS: Living in the Shadows won the Silver World Medal at the 2015 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.

The 30-minute-long documentary, introduced by the British music legend and longtime AIDS activist Sir Elton John, takes a global look at one of the most daunting side effects of AIDS: the stigma that makes its victims outcasts even within their own families.

Living in the Shadows brings audiences on a journey to Nigeria, Cambodia, Haiti, Uganda, Canada, and the United States to meet those living with HIV and AIDS. In each place, one message comes through: Though the scientific community has made great medical advances, science can’t cure the way AIDS stigmatizes its victims. Solving that problem, the documentary makes clear, will require a change beyond the scope of medicine, a change that permits people to see AIDS victims as fellow human beings.

VOA Executive Producer, Beth Mendelson with her award for AIDS: Living in the Shadows

VOA Executive Producer, Beth Mendelson with her award for AIDS: Living in the Shadows

“It’s very exciting for the documentary to be recognized by our peers,” says Beth Mendelson, VOA’s Senior Executive Producer of Special Programming and Documentaries, “the message about the stigma of AIDS clearly resonated to a global audience.”

Besides AIDS: Living in the Shadows, two other VOA productions were honored at this year’s New York Festivals Awards. VOA’s Ebola Coverage and Beyond Category with Eric Felten won Finalist Certificates.

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