New attempt at AIDS awareness film and India observes National- Edexlive

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November 11 marked the launch of the TV movie An early frost, on the US broadcast network PBS, in 1985. Aiden Quinn-starrer was the moving story of a gay man, Michael Pierson, diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV / AIDS) , a disease that was rapidly infecting many in the United States at the time. It was a time of homophobia and science was only adjusting to the disease, with very few medical interventions possible. This has led to an atmosphere of hysteria surrounding the disease, with those infected being subjected to often inhuman treatment.

The film follows the evolution of Michael Pierson’s relationship with his family and loved ones as he learns to embrace his sexuality and embrace the cruel and untimely end that fate has in store for him. What was perhaps remarkable was that the cast and crew raised a lot of awareness about the disease and the problem after the film was released and Aiden Quinn even donated half of his salary to an organization working for people with AIDS.

What is National Education Day, anyway?
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was a freedom fighter and visionary who served as the Prime Minister of Education of independent India. It laid the foundation for the evolution of a postcolonial India into a state with its own educational infrastructure. While he stressed the importance of primary education, it was also under his leadership that the first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) was established in Kharagpur in 1951. His birthday, November 11, is celebrated as the National Education Day since 2008.


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