The Other City
Which of these countries’ capitals has the highest AIDS rate, Haiti, Senegal or the United States of America? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is Washington, DC, where over 3% of the population is HIV-positive. In fact, DC is the city with the highest infection rate in the U.S. where the disease is now also the leading cause of death among young black women.
Sadly, as AIDS has become increasingly thought of as primarily affecting African-American females, it has slowly slipped under the radar, no longer enjoying widespread attention as an urgent cause célèbre deserving of charity benefits, public service announcements and the like. For this reason, billionaire Sheila Johnson decided to produce The Other City, a documentary directed by Susan Koch which not only cites the scary statistics but puts a face on the epidemic, a few faces, actually.