Ximei….

This poignant and sensitive film is a portrait of Liu Ximei, a young Chinese woman who fights to defend the rights of people living with HIV in China, against all odds.

Millions of Chinese people were infected in the 1990s: across the country, the government encouraged poor farmers to donate blood in exchange for compensation under catastrophic health conditions. A hidden scandal… but for how long?

 

Liu Ximei was born in 1985 in Xincai County, Zhumadian City in Henan Province. Being born in violation of the one child policy, she was given up to be raised by relatives. In 1995, a ten year-old young lady, Ximei, was severely injured while harvesting wheat. Losing copious amounts of blood, she was given HIV contaminated blood and contracted AIDS while under treatment at a local hospital. According to 2011 official statistics, there are 850,000 AIDS sufferers in China, a majority of which contracted the illness as the result of an officially promoted plasma market. This film describes Liu Ximei’s life in 2013.

 

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