Sage Francis Travels to South Africa for HIV Documentary

Sage Francis Travels to South Africa for HIV DocumentaryThe Strange Famous head recently took a trip to South Africa as a volunteer for a documentary focused on the HIV epidemic. After recently returning, Sage Francis supplied photographs from the experience on his Facebook page and explained briefly what would come of his time overseas.

“In January I went to Durban, South Africa to assist in the treatment and care of orphans with HIV,” the Rhode Island MC wrote on his page. “I was part of a group of poets who were asked to connect with the children, write poems for them, and help tell their story to the world.”

Although Sage had made a few updates to his page while in Africa, this was the first time that he revealed more detail about the project that he was a part of.

His travels were part of a documentary being directed by musician and film maker, Jamie Catto.

“This project was filmed for a documentary directed by Jamie Catto which will probably be released in 2012,” wrote Sage. “In the meantime, I’m still collecting my thoughts on everything I learned & experienced while in SA. I’m missing the kids like crazy right about now.”

Catto explained more about the film on his website, writing, “I first heard about this EMFS (electro magnetic field system) machine from my Mum who is passionate about all non-drug therapies. She told me it was a machine that sent out a non-invasive, harmless frequency that scientists had discovered disrupted the four major common proteins in the HIV virus and that this stopped the virus in its tracks and left it unable to replicate thereby releasing the infected person’s body to heal itself properly again and protect itself with white blood cells.”

He continued by explaining how he was asked to go to Africa and film children — mostly AIDS-infected orphans — as they underwent the new treatment. After being introduced to a local poet, he came up with the idea to bring poets from all around the world to help document the experience.

“Well, you can see where it ended up going – poets from America, Europe, other places in Africa came to praise the kids and see what was going on,” he wrote.

Sage Francis supplied photos from the trip on his Facebook page. You can also read more of Catto’s experience and explanation on his personal website.

Neither party made it clear how effective the treatment was during their time in Africa (Catto was only charged with documenting the visual results, not the scientific outcomes).

Catto indicated that he plans to name the film “1 KID”, in reference to the fact that most of those involved found a connection with a single child. He hasn’t announced an official release date.

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