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Searching for Hawa's Secret ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB522309
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Joe MacDonald, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Larry Krotz
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Black History, Documentary, Global Studies, Health and Medicine, Health and Medicine, Science
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  46m 50s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Frank Plummer is a Canadian scientist studying AIDS, and since 1983 the centre of his work has been a clinic for female sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya. Plummer discovered that a small percentage of the women who came to his clinic, like 37-year-old prostitute Hawa Chelangat, did not become infected with HIV. He believed a vaccine for the dreaded disease might come from duplicating whatever it was that made these women immune. This film tells of a scientific quest, and also a human story of the unlikely partnership between a Canadian doctor and a Kenyan prostitute.

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