Synopsis by Mark Deming
A woman refuses to pass her fate along to her unborn child in this documentary from director Maggie Betts. Mutinta Mweemba is a twenty-eight year old wife and mother living in Zambia. AIDS is running rampant in Zambia -- it's estimated 250 people contract the HIV virus there teach day -- and Mutinta has learned she's HIV Positive; polygamy is legal in Zambia, and her husband Abarcon has two other wives as well as several mistresses, and now he and all three of his wives are living with the virus. Already wondering what will become of her children, Mutinta is filled with conflicting emotions when she learns she's pregnant. Determined her baby will be born healthy, Mutinta takes part in a program called Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, designed to help HIV-Positive mothers give birth to children free of the virus. The Carrier received its world premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.