George Stanley Nsamba, Finding Purpose, 2020

Finding Purpose reflects on the experience of producing a film about the lives of teens born with HIV in Uganda and the pervasive stigma that surrounded the project.

Commissioned in 2020 as part of TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States.

About the artist
George Stanley Nsamba is a filmmaker, spoken word artist, and human rights activist. In 2013, he founded The Ghetto Film Project to mentor and train youth in socially-engaged film production. Nsamba's films Time Irreversible (2017), The Dummy Team (2016), Silent Depression (2015), and Crafts: The Value of Life (2015) have screened throughout Africa and the United States.

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Additional context
First Generation Positive, the project George Stanley reflects upon in this video, will be released in 2021. It will be available at

George Stanley Nsamba’s 2016 film The Dummy Team offers another perspective on HIV-related film production in Uganda.

Hear from Anna Morena, a young trans activist organizing for HIV and sexual health services in central Uganda, in this story from UNAIDS.

Uganda Young Positives is a membership group for young people living with HIV in Uganda. Read how they are responding to COVID-19 and learn more about their work here.

For a different perspective on stigma from within the United States, view I’m Still Me (2019), a portrait of Sian Green created by Iman Shervington for Day With(out) Art 2019.

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