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Sisters of Karnataka

  • 26 mins
  • 86%
  • 12+
  • United States of America FlagUSUnited States of America
  • 2010
  • Documentaries

"Sisters of Karnataka" is a complex and compelling exposition of the unconventional spread of HIV/AIDS through the southern Indian countryside where poverty and tradition drive young women into the sex trade. Relegated to the lowest caste of society, they are highly susceptible to infection by HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and have little access to health care. A unique solution was proposed by one man, Shiva Halli, born in rural Karnataka and now a professor in Canada, to develop clinics that employed sex workers to teach their peers about sexual and mental health and well being. Glimpses of empowerment and dignity have followed since the inception of Halli's brainchild, now known as the Corridors Project.