Director: Diveena Cooppan
Cinematographer: Lee Jackson
Language: English, Xhosa with English subtitles

  • DURATION : 62 min
  • COUNTRY : South Africa, United States


Positively Beautiful is a story about life, love and friendship in the age of HIV. Five strangers facing shame and potential death from AIDS form an unlikely friendship that transforms them from ordinary citizens to extraordinary activists. They struggle against stigma and fear; suicide and isolation. At the height of the epidemic as friends and family die, and leaders deny the existence of HIV they fight harder. Fifteen years later, against all odds, they are still alive. Their friendship becomes a remarkable story: a quiet victory of meaningful, beautiful lives in a rapidly evolving South Africa. Together they find strength in their struggles: of having children, fighting cancer, and being lesbian in South Africa.


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