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Tapestries of Hope unearths the Zimbabwean myth that if a man rapes a virgin he will be cured of HIV/AIDS. The consequences of this myth are tragic; sexual abuse is rampant, girls as young as one day old have been raped, and victims are being infected with HIV/AIDS. In 2007 Michealene traveled to Zimbabwe to document this affliction, focusing on the work Betty Makoni has done to help the victims of rape and sexual abuse. As a result of her filming Michealene was jailed, interrogated, and deported from Zimbabwe.
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Screenings in NY today at Village East Cinema and First & 62nd Cinemas
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