Lance Bangs and Spike have joined forces with the (RED) foundation to make The Lazarus Effect, a fascinating and emotional portrait of the AIDS crisis’ human impact in sub-Saharan Africa. Tracking a number of HIV-positive individuals’ journeys back from the edge of death as they receive Antiretroviral treatment, The Lazarus Effect offers an optimistic look at the effects of these medicines and the impact of organizations and individuals fighting to make them accessible.
“(RED), Spike and I went into this film wanting the people in it to tell their own stories,” says Lance. “Connie, Bwalya, Concillia and Paul represent people who now have a chance at a future when only seven years ago, a diagnosis of HIV for them would have been a death sentence. This film is a hopeful one, yet still a reminder that almost 4,000 people still die every day from AIDS in Africa, because not all people who need access to the treatment have it.”
The Lazarus Effect will be broadcast tonight on HBO at 9pm EST, in UK on Channel 4 at 11pm GMT, and globally on YouTube starting at 9:30pm EST.