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PLAGUE

by Boo Junfeng

 

THE STORY

At the height of the AIDS scare in the 1980s, health worker Iris arrives at a HDB flat, introducing herself to a family as the younger son’s counsellor. The son is afraid and ashamed of his condition, and the family would like to be discreet.
This film is based on the true story of Iris Verghese, who counselled numerous AIDs patients and their families. Her actions were courageous at a time when there was much fear and stigma around the condition.

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THE FILM

THE FILM IS DEDICATED TO: 

Action For Aids is a NGO dedicted to fighting AIDS/HIV infection in Singapore. It draws upon a network of healthcare professionals, advocates, educators and volunteers to implement educational, testing, treatment and welfare programmes. It has introduced numerous innovative projects and runs  broad range of support, welfare and educational programmes. 

What you need to know?

Nearly 4 in 10 cases in Singapore are at a late stage of infection by the time they are diagnosed, meaning the virus may have damaged their immune systems permanently. While there is still no cure for HIV, early medical intervention for HIV-positive patients, increases their life expectancies significantly and lowers their risk of transmitting the virus to almost zero. In the 1980s, HIV was a death sentence, now it is a manageable chronic illness. 

 

The social stigma of living with HIV/ AIDS is the biggest barrier for a person to get tested and eventually seek medical treatment. Today, patients living with HIV can live long lives and start families if they seek early testing and prompt medical treatment.  

 

For a person living with HIV, the cost of drugs alone can cost up to S$702,000 over a patient’s lifetime. High levels of stigmatisation, discrimination and ignorance, means many people who are diagnosed with HIV may lose their jobs. The financial burden of high medical costs and loss of income is significant for HIV-positive patients.

 

DIRECTOR OF PLAGUE

BOO JUNFENG

Boo Junfeng has written and directed "Sandcastle" (2010) and "Apprentice" (2016). "Apprentice" premiered at Cannes Film Festival under the Un Certain Regard section, whilst "Sandcastle" was the first Singporean film invited to Cannes Film Festival's International Critics' Week. Boo Junfeng was named by Variety as a director who leads the new wave in Singapore's film industry, and he was the Creative Director of NDP 2018. 

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