Director/writer Tyler Q Rosen's revealing and inspiring documentary DOIN' MY DRUGS will have its world premiere at the prestigious CPH:DOX* Festival in Copenhagen, organizers announced today.
The film will screen as part of the Sound and Vision 2019 program at the festival, screening alongside docs about artists from New Order and PJ Harvey to Leonard Cohen and Michael Jackson. The film's subject, Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn, will perform live in Copenhagen as a component of the screening program.
DOIN' MY DRUGS is the story of musician Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn - born HIV-positive in 1985 - and his crusade to use his music to wipe out AIDS in his native Zambia and beyond.
But that’s the two-line synopsis. Here's what the movie REALLY is: in the US and much of the West, AIDS/HIV has diminished in importance - and nearly disappeared from public awareness. However, in Africa and elsewhere, AIDS remains a scourge that kills hundreds every day. DOIN' MY DRUGS aims to raise awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia - a country of 17 million people where more than 1.2 million are HIV-positive or have the disease. Zambia's situation is mirrored throughout the developing world.