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Oxford Film Festival Honoring World AIDS Day


In honor of World AIDS Day, Oxford Film Festival and Sarah Isom Center will be hosting a free screening of the documentary Deepsouth November 30 at the Powerhouse. The free screening will begin at 7 pm with a Q&A following the film with several subjects of the documentary. Concessions will also be available.

The 2012 documentary, Deepsouth, is based on the new American South and the individuals who inhabit even the most isolated corners. This documentary follows college student Josh, an Alabama activist, as well as Kathie and Tammy who annually host an HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Between these four, they begin to redefine traditional southern values and create their own plausible solutions to survive HIV despite the rising numbers.

“HIV and AIDS continue to be one of the top issues in Mississippi, with the state ranking seventh in the nation for prevalence of the disease, it is critical to better understand and instill change in how we view this,” said Melanie Addington, executive director of Oxford Film Festival. “As a non-profit who seeks to cover all areas of film, this was absolutely an opportunity to actively play a role and further the dialogue.”

The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new and unusual films (and the people who create them) to North Mississippi. The annual five-day festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, including narrative and documentary features and shorts; Mississippi narratives, documentaries and music videos, and narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts. The festival is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.

For information from the Oxford Film Festival, contact Melanie Addington at 662-801-6007 or email

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