Several local nonprofits are teaming up to host a free public movie screening of “Wilhemina’s War” to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The screening was organized by The Chattery, Society of Work, Chattanooga CARES and the NAACP as part of the latest installment of Cinematics, a movie series meant to spark conversation through the art of film.

The screening, which will be followed by a panel discussion, will begin Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Edney Innovation Center at 1100 Market St.


The movie is free to the public, and free beer from The Bitter Alibi and pizza will be served.

“Wilhemina’s War” follows the story of Wilhemina Dixon, the daughter of uneducated sharecroppers, who finds herself fighting for her family’s survival against HIV and AIDS.

The film was created over a five-year period.

In 2014, 37,600 people were diagnosed with HIV, according to Southern states accounted for 50 percent of these new diagnoses. Blacks have the highest rate of HIV/AIDS infections compared to other races and ethnicities, also according to the site.

Chattanooga CARES Director of Development Cory Howard said in a prepared statement:

Chattanooga CARES is excited to be partnering with The Chattery to raise awareness about HIV amongst African-Americans. Unfortunately, the HIV epidemic disproportionately affects the African-American community, particularly in the South. This is why it’s important to bring awareness about this issue not only during National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, but year-round.

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