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In India, where marriage is a must but AIDS carries a stigma, what are HIV-positive people to do?

After discovering India’s first case of HIV in 1986, Dr. Suniti Solomon left a prestigious academic post to found India’s premier HIV/AIDS clinic. Twenty-five years later, India now produces its own anti-retroviral medications, enabling Dr. Solomon’s patients to live longer — and face the pressure to marry. At the age of seventy-two, and in the twilight of her bold and unconventional career, Dr. Solomon has taken on a new role: marriage matchmaker. Like other Indian matchmakers, Dr. Solomon matches by religion, education, and income; but she also matches by white blood cell counts and viral loads. For her, this isn’t just about romance — it is a way to stem the spread of HIV and fight stigma.

LOVESICK interweaves Dr. Solomon’s personal and professional journeys with the lives of two patients: Karthik, a reticent bachelor, and Manu who, like many women in India, was infected by her first husband. As Karthik and Manu search for love, they learn how to survive under the shadow of HIV. Shot over eight years and told with humor and compassion, LOVESICK is a surprising and hopeful story about the universal desire for love.

"LOVESICK explores the human cost of loneliness."
NBC News

"Through the unconventional love story of Karthik and Manu, LOVESICK hopes to give voice to the millions who live in the shadows, afraid that the revelation of their HIV status will ruin their job prospects, end their hopes for a loving relationship or shame their families."
Times of India

"With compassion, humor and hope, LOVESICK is an intimate story about the universal desire for love."

"Filmmakers Ann S. Kim and Priya Giri Desai give us a surprising and hopeful story about the universal healing ability of companionship and love."


Main credits

Kim, Ann S. (film director)
Kim, Ann S. (film producer)
Desai, Priya Giri (film director)
Desai, Priya Giri (film producer)
Solomon, S (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Cinematography, Ann S. Kim; editing, Ricardo Acosta, William A. Anderson, Peter Rhodes; original music, Ken Myhr.

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Distributor subjects

AIDS, Family Relations, Health, Marriage, Sexuality, Sociology, South Asia/India


India, public health, arranged marriage; "Lovesick"; Women Make Movies