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Title:Body & soul
Editors:Emmett, Melody
Gavshon, Harriet
Series:Steps for the future
City of publisher:Cape Town
Publisher:Day Zero Film & Video
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Catholic Church
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Abstract:With thousands of people dying of AIDS in South Africa, religions are being confronted with a reality which is greater than their understanding and their teachings. The film gives a voice to the individuals and organizations on the fringes of the mainstream religions, who are grappling to evolve a theology which embraces rather than shuns AIDS, a theology with a focus on justice and compassion rather than on sin and condemnation. This includes a radical review of teachings about sex, and a more life-giving vision of the relationship between sexuality and spirituality. In Pretoria earlier this year, Catholic Bishops debated the use of condoms as a means of promoting safe sex in order to save lives. The proposal had been put forward by Bishop Dowling, who ministers to the poorest of the poor in Freedom Park, an informal settlement near Rustenberg. We witness this deeply empathetic and dedicated man as he goes about the daily task of alleviating suffering. His experience has led him to believe that theology is getting in the way of saving lives. This view is backed by Abdul Kayum Ahmed, one of the founders of the activist group Positive Muslims, who doesn't mince his words: 'If religious leaders continue to talk about sex and AIDS as they are at the moment, it's going to get even worse. They are being confronted with a reality that is far greater than their text books. [Abstract reproduced from video]