Three continents. One battle. Three Needles, the latest offering from the Canadian director Thom Fitzgerald, depicts three short stories that offer different perspectives on the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS. This far reaching epic traverses Asia, Africa, and North America and scrutinises many issues, including poverty, half truths, greed, cultural beliefs, abuse, and religion in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The first tale in this harrowing and thought provoking trio is that of the heavily pregnant Jin Ping (Lucy Liu) and is set in China. Jin establishes a mobile blood donor clinic in the small, rural village of Tonghu, where she pays the impecunious villagers $5 (£2.60; €3.90) for each donation. Although she claims that the blood collected will be used in government hospitals, in reality she is illegally trading with private doctors and compromises patient safety by failing to comply with safe methods of collecting blood.
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