JEROEN VAN DER DRIFT
Associate Member of the Netherlands
Society of Cinematographers (NSC)
THE SPECTRE OF AIDS
Director: Sander Rietveld
READ MORE‘The spectre of AIDS’. Three-year old Ditesogo has AIDS and meningitis. Instead of visiting the local AIDS clinic, his mother consults a traditional healer, a sangoma. The sangoma informs her that Ditesogo does not have AIDS; there is a snake in his body. Ditesogo’s illness is the work of ancestral spirits, the healer says. Meanwhile, the doctor and nurses at the AIDS clinic try to convince the mother that she needs to bring her sick son to hospital before it is too late. The report zeroes in on the fight to save the life of a deathly ill South African child.