What's it like to grow up with hiv? Well, turns out it's not that different from growing up generally. So why should kids still have to handle the ignorance of people around them?
The organization Noaks ark works to support individuals living with HIV. In the project Friends with the virus, they wanted to facilitate conversations, especially with and for the 130 children living with HIV in Sweden. Sojas mission is to use animation to make a difference, so when our friends at Amphi asked us if we wanted to be part of the project, our answer was obvious: yes.
Creating communications with and for young people is a big responsibility. Through animation it’s possible to avoid the ethical dilemmas of casting children and putting them in difficult on-set experiences, both in fiction and documentary projects.
Together with Noaks ark and Amphi, we used experiences and stories from the target group of children to create the story of Nina. She loves Youtube, floor ball (it’s a big thing in Sweden, we promise), and just so happens to live with HIV.