New Film Blends Soccer and Science to Tackle HIV

“Inside Story” is a film that follows the journey of Kalu, an aspiring Kenyan soccer player, who moves to Johannesburg to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional athlete. Kalu is HIV-positive, but like many people around the world he is unaware of his status.  As the HIV spreads rapidly throughout his body, Kalu soon learns that his rivalries on the field pale in comparison to the war raging inside his body.

“Inside Story” effortlessly combines sports with science  – blending live-action soccer matches with state-of-the-art animation to show the effects of HIV on the body. Ultimately, Kalu realizes that the best way to fight the infection is to arm himself with knowledge. Rolie Nikiwe,  film’s director, said he hopes this message resonates with viewers.

The film’s producers were “interested in knowing what people still didn’t understand about HIV/AIDS and the resounding response was that people did not understand how it worked,” Nikiwe said in an interview with South African magazine, Destiny Man. “The film shows both football (soccer) and HIV in a way they have never seen before.”

EGPAF's Director of Clinical & Basic Research, Jeff Safrit, was a scientific consultant for this movie! Stay tuned for more updates on the film's availability!  

The Discovery Channel’s Global Education Partnership (DCGEP) developed “Inside Story” in a public-private partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Chevron, and Access Bank.

To learn more about how HIV/AIDS infects the body, check out our HIV 101 blog series and click here to learn how the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is combatting HIV/AIDS throughout Africa.