New York Times Profiles Documentary Aimed to Help Parents Discuss Sex, HIV/AIDS With Their Kids
February 26, 2008
New York Times reporter Donald McNeil on Tuesday profiled the new documentary "Please Talk to Kids About AIDS," which aims to help parents talk about sex and HIV/AIDS with their children. The film features two sisters -- Vineeta and Sevilla Hennessey, ages six and four -- as they accompany their parents, who are the filmmakers, to the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006. The documentary has been shown to schools of public health and at film festivals.
According to McNeil, the film is "not really for children" in its present form. "For a parent, however, watching someone else's very young child ... grapple with the topic is a powerful exhortation to begin thinking about how to talk to one's own," McNeil writes. Daoussi said that there is no right age to talk to kids about sex and HIV/AIDS. "It's when they're ready," Daoussi said, adding, "It's our own discomfort that's the problem, not theirs. Kids don't have taboos" (McNeil, New York Times, 2/26).
The film is available online.
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