Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica

Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica

Poet Kwame Dawes explores how HIV/AIDS has shaped the lives of islanders in an artful award-winning multimedia package.

Poet and writer Kwame Dawes traveled to Jamaica to write about people living with HIV/AIDS and to examine the ways in which the disease has shaped their lives. Dawes made five trips to the island to meet people living with the disease as well as those who have committed their lives to the care and prevention of it.

This multimedia project, commissioned and funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, combines poems, music, photographs and two videos inspired by the people Dawes met. The first video explores the ways in which people with HIV are stigmatized and harassed, often discouraging high-risk people from seeking information, support and treatment. The second video tells the story of a young woman, once a poster child for living with HIV in Jamaica, as she struggles with depression, the challenges of juggling a family and managing her batteries of medications.

2009 Emmy Winner: “New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming” category.

2009 Webby Winner: “People Voice Award” in the Art category.

Poetry/Special Correspondent: Kwame Dawes
Executive Producer: Jon Sawyer (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
Producer/Videographer: Steve Sapienza, Azimuth Media
Producer/Videographer: Nathalie Applewhite (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
Photographer: Josh Cogan
Videographer: Doug Gritzmacher