Memory Books - So that you never forget me
by Christa Graf, Germany 2008, 90 min
Short books, huge legacy. Solace in catastrophe. In Uganda, Christa Graf observes how an HIV-positive mother compiles “memory books” to tell the story of her life, to document information about her own past and to give words of advice for an uncertain future.
Uganda, in a suburb of Kampala: Harriet is HIV-positive and is working on a “memory book” for her daughter Winnie. She writes about her origins, her ancestors, her past. But she also gives the young girl advice about the future. Harriet’s husband died from AIDS years back, leaving behind a house for Harriet and his second wife and two other children. This doesn’t necessarily make her life easier: “We used to just be housewives.” Now, without a job, the widows have to earn money themselves, constantly worried that they might suddenly no longer be able to work, in a society ruled by men.
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