Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This simple drama was made as a part of a series of international films about AIDS. The project is sponsored by the Red Hot Organization. The story begins in a small village in Burkina Faso. There Eugene sells cigarettes, candy, and gum. He is a happy fellow who dreams of becoming a musician. He suddenly leaves his wife and family to pursue that dream in Abidjan on the Ivory coast. In the city he encounters a prostitute, Kassi, who lets him stay. The arrangement is platonic, but Eugene is attracted to her. At work Kassi can be talked into condomless sex if they pay her thrice the usual payment. She gets AIDS. Eugene is beginning to gain a following for his singing. He is distraught to discover one of his fellow villagers also has AIDS. The message of the film comes through loud and clear.
danger, AIDS, music, prostitute/prostitution, sex