A powerful animation that uses the first person testimony of a child living with HIV. The narrator explains what HIV is, how she was diagnosed, the medication she takes and the physical effect of the virus. She talks about her fear of telling people and the stigma that made her feel early on that her condition must be kept secret. Using the narrators real first person testimony creates an intimate and direct tone that will helps us to empathise with people’s differences. The child explores everyday relatable circumstances; school, family and talks in depth about her friendships. She explains that meeting other children in her position helped to boost her confidence and to tell others about her illness. The open and clear narration encourages students to empathise with other children’s differences and recognizes the similarities between their own lives and hers. Contains some scenes which younger viewers may find upsetting. Teacher review prior to use in class is recommended.

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As a class pupils could discuss how having HIV may emotionally impact their lives, what challenges are you confronted with, how can other people around you make them easier? This animation could be particularly useful for teachers when covering topics like self confidence, emotional wellbeing and respecting differences. Using the narrators real first person testimony creates an intimate and direct tone that helps empathise with people’s differences. The child explores everyday relatable circumstances; school, family and talks in depth about her friendships. She explains that meeting other children in her position helped to boost her confidence and to tell others about her illness. The open and clear narration encourages us to empathise with other children’s differences and recognises the similarities between their own lives and hers.