There will be a special free showing of the multi-award-winning documentary House of Numbers on Sunday 13th March at 11am. The Cinema is The Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey at 10 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN.
House of Numbers examines many of the traditional beliefs about HIV/AIDS people take for granted by interviewing many of the worlds top AIDS experts, including Robert Gallo, Luc Montagnier, David Baltimore Robin Weiss, Anthony Fauci, James Curran, James Chin, Donald Francis, and other leading figures in the AIDS orthodoxy, as well as gay men who were heavily involved in gay culture and activism at the time that AIDS hit the public consciousness such as Martin Delaney and the now-late Hank Wilson who died recently. Director Brent Leung also questions several key figures who challenge orthodox perspectives such as Peter Duesberg and Nobel Laureate Kary Mulli. To uncover the facts director Brent Leung visits many desitnations round the world including AIDS hotspots such as South Africa.
House of Numbers has won multiple awards at film festivals including three 'best of festival' and several 'best documentary' awards, including the 'Golden Ace' winner at the Las Vegas film festival. At several film festivals there have been attempts to disrupt screenings. At the Raindance film festival in London in 2009 the organisers received enormous opposition in a bid to prevent the film being screened, prompting Xavier Rashid, one of the programmers and organisers, to say they'd received,
"...A dozen legal letters and threats, and warnings from scientists and HIV victims and solicitors in New York, all trying to make us pull out the film from the festival. Because of all this criticism that it was supposedly denialist we've had to go through it in 15 second intervals...to try and figure out if the criticism had any grounding, and we really did not find anything to corroborate all the criticism we've received... My personal opinion is that it's a fantastic film" (to hear the full quote click here)
This screening is being organised for a documentary to mark journalist and documentary maker Joan shenton's 20 years of documenting controversy about AIDS. Her company, Meditel, was the first independent TV company to win Documentary of the Year in the UK. After the screening there will be a discussion and a chance to ask questions of a panel including Mike Hersee who runs HEAL London and Dr Christian Fiala, a Viennese Ob/Gyn who has worked extensively in Africa and especially in one of the supposedly most AIDS-hit countries in Africa, Uganda. He was also on former South African president Thabo Mbeki's AIDS panel. There will also be a chance to talk to Joan Shenton and to voice your opinion for the vox-pops.