35/20 - From Fear to Hope

35 years after the first case of H.I.V. was diagnosed and 20 years after antiretroviral drugs began saving millions of lives, "35/20 - From Fear to Hope" tells the history of the AIDS epidemic and shares life stories of five survivors in Brazil.
The country's best specialists in infectious diseases reflect upon the difficult times from the beginning of the epidemic and analyze the current scenario. The first woman infected in Brazil tells her humbling story. A 26-year-old Air Force officer speaks up about his battle to keep his job in the military after finding out he was HIV-positive. A former drug addict describes his daily fight for survival. In addition, a recently infected 21-year-old, who is a YouTube celebrity, publicly admits that he was not aware of the ever-present menace represented by the virus today. The documentary, shot in several Brazilian cities, reminds us that despite being away from the spotlight, this dreadful virus still kills1 million people yearly.

  • Dario Menezes
  • Renata Baldi
    Trans, Intolerance, Rio de Jano
  • Carolline Leite
  • Marcia Saad
  • Joy Ernanny
    Syria on the run
  • Sandiego Fernandes
    Director of Photography
    Copan 36 Hours, Severina Life and Death
  • Anna Bernardoni
  • Martha Sampaio
    Graphics and Title
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    35/20 - Do Pânico à Esperança
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    Health, Medical, Science, AIDS, LGBT
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 26, 2016
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Director Biography - Dario Menezes

Dario Menezes is a Brazilian journalist from Minas Gerais with a background in economics and film. In the beginning of his career, in the early 70's, he worked in public and press relations, as well as being a columnist, reporter and editor-in-chief of important newspapers in São Paulo.
From 1974 to 1976, he belonged to the DZI Croquettes, a group of actors, singers and dancers that revolutionized theater in Brazil. Between 1977 and 1980, Menezes owned a nightclub in Belo Horizonte that was inspired in New York's Studio 54. There he also owned a newspaper called "Shocking News", about human behavior and consumerism.

In 1981 he moved to Rio de Janeiro to work as a news producer and editor for Brazil's main TV channels: TV Educativa, TV Manchete and finally TV Globo. It was in TV Globo that he found his home and worked for over 23 years in the culture and arts beat for the weekly primetime Sunday show "Fantástico".
Menezes currently works as an independent scriptwriter and director for documentaries. In 2014, he was invited by GloboNews, a 24 hours cable news channel, to direct a series of long-form programs about contemporary dance. More recently, he directed two documentaries for the same channel: one about HIV/AIDS and another about the syphilis epidemic in the 21st Century. He is currently developing his third documentary for GloboNews about "the new elderly": seniors above 70 who have a very active lifestyle. Menezes is also in post-production with his first long documentary for the big screen- a film about the gay movement in Brazil from the 1970's until today.

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