May 26 2011

Location: Danny Kaye Visitors Center - UNICEF lobby, 3 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017


·          Maggie Betts, Filmmaker- Present a trailer of her recent film ‘the Carrier’ and discuss her experience as a film maker documenting lives of women living with HIV through the PMTCT programme in Zambia

·          Ellen Tolmie, Sr. Photography Editor, UNICEF - UNICEF's ethical considerations when documenting children and their families lives affected by AIDS

·          Kerstin Vogdes Diehn, Graphic designer for the Towards and AIDS free generation exhibit at UNICEF House - Communicating messages to diverse audiences, experience as designer of exhibit


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Kristin Gutekunst



Note: this is a public event.


About “The Carrier”: Filmmaker Maggie Betts’ compelling documentary, 'The Carrier,' premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on 21 April. The story follows Mutinta, a young Zambian woman who is pregnant and in a legally polygamous marriage. When she discovers she is HIV-positive, she sets out to keep her baby, and her community, virus-free. The US Fund for UNICEF, UNICEF HQ and UNICEF Zambia provided key technical advice to Maggie throughout the creation of her film.  Maggie is a longtime advocate for the rights of HIV-positive women and children in sub-Saharan Africa. She has spent the past five years traveling extensively throughout the continent as a volunteer and philanthropist for various United Nations organizations, including UNICEF and the World Food Programme. Maggie is a founding member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee.


About the exhibition “Towards an AIDS- free Generation”: In 2009, UNICEF commissioned South African photographer Christine Nesbitt to document Zambia’s services to eliminate new HIV infections in infants, as experienced by several women living with HIV and their children. From 2009-2011, Christine followed these women from pregnancy through the first 18 months of their babies’ lives, including their participation in UNICEF-supported prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes. The exhibition in UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Center is based on this documentation, focusing on one woman, Inonge, and her baby, Elson. The exhibition also highlights other key community members and new innovative services to address programming gaps. The entire documentation was undertaken with the full consent of all subjects and with the support of Zambia’s Ministry of Health.  


Ellen Tolmie, UNICEF’s Sr. Photography Editor, directed this documentation – including the application of UNICEF’s protection guidelines, and the editing and dissemination of more than 500 final images.


Kerstin Vogdes Diehn with colleagues, Claudia Castro, and Christopher Leonardi of BAI Design, is responsible for the graphic and industrial design of the exhibition. The content was drafted and edited by Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS in close collaboration with the Photography Unit and Brand Section of the Division of Communication, and approved by the HIV/AIDS and Health Sections of Programmes Division. BAI developed a way to present a complicated technical process in a simple way through the exhibition