Masculinity and Condom Use in
HIV/AIDS has ravaged entire populations in sub- Saharan Africa. Yet educational efforts to prevent the acceleration of the epidemic continue to
clash with traditional cultural attitudes that view protected sex as unmanly. Protection
provides a fascinating look at the origins of these attitudes, and examines how they are being kept alive by a set of hyper masculine myths that extol risk taking as an emblem of strength, virility, and potency. An eye-opening exploration of what it will take to make real and transformative change and eradicate HIV/AIDS once and for all.
A Fireworx Media Production
Conceived by: Jill Lewis
Director: Francois Verster
Producer: Neil Brandt
Associate Producers: Dan Jawitz & Bridget Pickering
Executive Producer: Jill Lewis
Editor: Peter Neal
Praise for the Film
is a unique and poignant window into the personal and cultural dilemmas presented by HIV/AIDS in the African context. Through beautifully filmed intimate portraits of individuals and their communities, this movie explores the impacts of HIV/AIDS on masculinity and African cultures by giving men and women the opportunity to speak for themselves. Protection
will stimulate important dialogue in both academic and civil society settings."
- Steven Botkin, Ed.D. | Executive Director, Men's Resources International
"Condom use remains central to curbing HIV in Africa and this film will prompt men to reconsider their behavior and promote safer sex."
- John Cleland | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
"Jill Lewis continues to prove herself as one of the leading experts on the prevention of HIV and AIDS in Africa with her latest prevention training film, Protection
. Traditional views about what it means to be a man encourage men to engage in high risk behaviors and grant men the power to initiate and dictate the terms of sex, exacerbating the spread of HIV and AIDS. Protection
does an outstanding job of effectively educating men in HIV and AIDS prevention by challenging these traditional gender norms and behaviors, and by providing the viewer with real information about sexual reproductive health and effective condom use."
- Kelly Jones | Co-Founder, Umoja Now