Ximei

Andy Cohen / Gaylen Ross

United States 2019, 101 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin)

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

Intimate portrait of Chinese AIDS activist Liu Ximei, driven by compassion, optimism and an incredible fighting spirit. She is the voice of the many poor farmers who contracted AIDS from blood transfusions in the 1990s. Liu is strong, but can harassment, obstruction and her illness make her give up hope?

‘Humans will always fight until the last day of their lives,’ says Liu Ximei. But Liu’s fighting spirit is severely tested when she gains more and more influence as the voice of the victims of a big public health scandal. In the 1990s, millions of poor Chinese farmers were encouraged by the government to sell their blood. However, many donors and recipients became HIV infected from contaminated medical equipment, resulting in a large-scale AIDS epidemic.

Liu Ximei contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion when she was 10. With her support group and her shelter (‘Ximei’s House’), she helps AIDS patients who are widely discriminated and ostracised. The Chinese government wants to cover up the scandal, and as Liu Ximei attracts international attention, her work becomes difficult and even dangerous. Portrait of an incredible woman, produced by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Ximei has been selected for the Activist competition and is shown at the Movies that Matter Festival 2020. Unfortunately, activist Liu Ximei will not be present for Q&As at the festival, due to her activism she is currently unable to leave China.

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Credits

Official website: http://www.ximeifilm.com

World sales:

Andrew Cohen Films

acohen@andrew-cohen.com

https://www.acfilmsinc.com/

Talkshows & debates

Ximei: A talk about activism in China

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 19:00

A talk about activism in China led by journalist Bahram Sadeghi.

Ximei: A talk about discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS in China

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 11:00

After the film we will talk about discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS in China with Laura Adèr from aidsfonds.

Ximei: Q&A with director Andy Cohen

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 16:30

After the film Martine Heijthuyzen speaks with Liu Ximei and director Andy Cohen about the discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS in China and about creating this film.

Ximei: Q&A with director Andy Cohen

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 16:15

China-expert at Amnesty International Stijn Deklerck talks with director Andy Cohen about how it was to create this film in and about China.