Maggie Betts, director and producer of "The Carrier," a new documentary about fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in Zambia, will be speaking tonight at the Minneapolis Club.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Midwest Regional Office is hosting Betts as part of its Profile Series. Betts has spent the past five years traveling throughout Africa and learning about new efforts to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. Her talk is especially timely given that it's International Women's Day.
Betts is on a mission to raise awareness about the treatments that are having a huge impact on communities in Africa. "I saw their extraordinary potential in realizing a new HIV-free generation on the continent," she said.
Her documentary focuses on a mother and her family in Zambia struggling to fight the epidemic. "What it all boiled down to was a [story] about maternal love and sacrifice," she said.