LOVESICK

CANADIAN PREMIERE

UNITED STATES • 2017 • 74 MIN DOCUMENTARY • ENGLISH/TAMIL/HINDI, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Ann S. Kim, Priya Giri Desai | cin.: Ann S. Kim, Fowzia Fathima, Jane Gillooly, Monic Kumar G | ed.: Ricardo Acosta, William A. Anderson, Peter Rhodes | mus.: Ken Myhr, Kareem Roustom, Krish Venkatesh | subjects: Karthik, Manu, Dr. Sunil Suhas Solomon | prod.: Priya Giri Desai, Ann S. Kim

ANN S. KIM

PRIYA GIRI DESAI

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 8:45 PM • SCREEN A

In India, where marriage is a must, but AIDS carries a stigma, what are HIV‑positive people to do? Dr. Suniti Solomon has an answer: matchmaking. Eight years in the making, Lovesick follows the trailblazing doctor at home and in her office as she methodically looks for the perfect matches for her patients Manu and Karthik. With compassion, humour and hope, Lovesick is an intimate story about the universal desire for love. • One of the biggest names in HIV/AIDS research, Dr. Suniti Solomon discovered India’s first case of HIV in her hometown of Chennai, India — which would go on to become the epicentre of India’s epidemic. Throughout Lovesick, Dr. Solomon is the guiding voice that weaves together the finer points of love, marriage, and stigma. Through her own life story, we discover how her unusual marriage to her opposite match —

a dark‑skinned, non‑vegetarian Christian man — motivates her as a matchmaker.

ANN S. KIM is an independent filmmaker who has reported on a range of global health issues for public television and radio. Her credits include The Age of AIDS and Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, both duPont-Columbia Award winners, broadcast journalism’s highest honour. Ann is a graduate of Harvard College, with a joint degree in Anthropology and the Study of Religion. Ann is also a founding board member of the Karen Scheer Film Editing Fellowship.

PRIYA GIRI DESAI’s work in print and broadcast media spans two decades and includes Unnatural Causes, Enlighten Up! and Forgotten Ellis Island. Priya is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Comparative Area Studies focusing on South Asia. She is a founding board member of The India Center Foundation, a cultural non-profit in New York dedicated to the study of the Indian subcontinent, the promotion of its cultural life, and the unique relationship between India and the United States.