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Life 8 - Reclaim the Condom

Twenty-two year old Sheila is a trained advice columnist. In her office at the North East Secondary school in Maputo, she listens to students' stories about love, sex, birth control and AIDS, and offers advice and free condoms. But out of 8,000 students, only 40 or 50 come to collect the condoms on offer. The problem, Sheila reckons, is the condom's image, which is medical, off-putting, and inextricably linked in people's minds with sickness and death. Sheila knows sex and romance sell - so why not use them to promote condoms, and change perceptions? She's launching a campaign to promote condoms as sexy contraceptives - not weapons in the fight against HIV and disease.

'Life continues to discover new and thought-provoking topics around the world...Manjate is a true hero in the campaign to make condoms not only available but ordinary, and she takes her message all the way to national AIDS officials. As the film reminds us (as if we need reminding!), her message in on the edge, but the debate may, finally, be moving her way. Suitable for mature high school and for college courses in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropology of sex/gender, and African studies, as well as general audiences.' Jack David Eller, Community College of Denver, Anthropology Review Database

'There is a continuous challenge of trying to strike a balance in the film[s]...[The films] can be used successfully in stimulating a discussion amongst the youth about the negative aspects of such a life as well as an exploration of alternatives.' Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University


Main credits

Sonnenschein, Bert (Director)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)

Other credits

Music, Marllen; camera and sound, Bruno Sorrentino; editors, Ken Pugh, Sotira Kyriacou.

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Distributor subjects

African Studies
At-risk Youth
Developing World
Millennium Development Goals
Reproductive Rights
Social Psychology
Women's Studies


Mozambique, condoms, contraceptives, HIV, Maputo, AIDS, Africa; "Reclaim the Condom"; Bullfrog Films; "Life 8"; birth control;

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