Ximei

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Release date: Oct 25, 2019

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Ximei is a young peasant woman from rural China's Henan Province who contracted AIDS during the government-sanctioned "Black Blood Economy." In the late 1990s, the Chinese government encouraged impoverished villagers to sell their blood plasma for money, literally bleeding people for profit. Blood donors as well as recipients were infected with HIV from contaminated equipment, sparking a full-blown epidemic that affected an estimated 300,000 people, followed by a scandalous cover-up. Even as local officials try to terrorize Ximei into silence and close down her halfway house for AIDS victims, she single-handedly fights for these victims to overcome social and legal discrimination and receive proper medication. Her courageous actions and fiery character transform the tragedy of Henan's HIV-infected outcasts into lives of hope and dignity.

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  • This isn't a groundbreaking documentary, but it does pay its subjects the ultimate courtesy, treating them as officials have not: as fully rounded human beings.

    November 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The documentary isn't a dour investigation of corruption - though the subject certainly merits it - instead placing Ximei and her kindness at its heart for an even more moving, effective story of resilience.

    October 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film offers a thorough and compassionate study of an individual whose story too often gets ignored.

    December 12, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • A moving account of a real social justice warrior, speaking out on behalf of AIDS patients like herself, infected by the greed and incompetence of the People's Republic.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though the lack of any clear conclusion may frustrate some viewers, it presents a slice of social history whose value is likely to increase with time as the wider framework within which it sits becomes clearer.

    October 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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