The 2012 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival will be April 12 to May 3. One of the films included in the Festival is a documentary from China, Together (2010), by director by Zhao Liang.

Together is a behind-the-scenes documentary of Chinese director Gu Changwei’s feature film Life is a Miracle (2011), which exposes the discrimination faced by HIV/AIDS patients in China. Zhao documented the interactions of the cast and crew as they came face-to-face with the disease during the production. Initially, many only showed fear because of their ignorance of the disease. Their attitude slowly started to change as they learned the science behind it… Together suggests something quite different from Zhao’s previous work style. As a matter of fact, it is not an independent production but a not-for-profit film. Zhao expressed his commitment to making it despite its source of funding, because he believed in its educational value and society-changing power.

More information about Together can be found at http://degeneratefilms.com. Visit www.mspfilmfest.org/2012/ for information about the 2012 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

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