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DVD video

Title Sex positive
Published 2009


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS STACK AVC  362.1969792 Berkow Wei/Spo  2009/12/01  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (DVD) (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary "SEX POSITIVE explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay S&M- hustler-turned-AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe sex has never been aptly credited. Berkowitz emerged from the epicenter of the epidemic as a community leader, demanding a solution to the problem before anyone else would pay attention. However, it was not Berkowitz' voice alone that sparked contention. Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, a controversial virologist and AIDS doctor, postulated that AIDS was more complicated than just a new virus. With Sonnabend's theory in tow, Berkowitz fought, alongside beloved activist and musician Michael Callen, for safer sex practices without giving up on sex altogether. SEX POSITIVE explores the explicit bravery of this unrecognized triumvirate, and their dire quest to save lives in the midst of unwavering dissent. Now destitute and alone, Mr. Berkowitz tells his story to a world who never wanted to listen. Through the eyes of Mr. Berkowitz, the audience is made witness to a graphic testimony of sex, death, and betrayal, while placing the invention of ‘safe sex’ in a fresh and compelling context." -- website
Notes Off-air recording of SBS ONE broadcast December 1, 2009. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
Rated: MA15+
Credits Director: Daryl Wein
Performer Richard Berkowitz, Joseph Sonnabend, Michael Callen
Subject Berkowitz, Richard, 1955-
AIDS activists -- United States -- Biography
AIDS (Disease) -- History
AIDS (Disease) -- Prevention
Safe sex in AIDS prevention
Contraception -- History
Gay men -- Diseases
Gay men -- Sexual behavior
Documentary films -- United States
Author Wein, Daryl
Berkowitz, Richard, 1955-
Sonnabend, Joseph A
Callen, Michael, 1955-1993