“I know there is strength in me”- Can it get tougher for a parent than this?

It takes an incredible strength to choose to put yourself in front of the camera and tell the world you are HIV positive.

Especially when the world  has already thrown more crap at you then most of us face in a lifetime.

That’s exactly what young Ethiopian Mum Momina does in this film. That Time tells the story of  how she is forced to make one of the most difficult choices any parent could face.

For me it’s our best work. Please watch and read below how you can help us honour Momina and give something back.

Please Help Us

We need your vote to get us through to the final round of the Sony Production awards. We want to win this award so can bask in the glory but much more importantly it comes with a very valuable prize (a Sony FS-700). We already own one of these.

If we win we will auction it and use the money for the support and counselling of vulnerable children and young people. As someone whose life was literally turned around by this kind of support this is a great way of honouring Momina and making sure other vulnerable young people are helped.


This film was commissioned by the wonderful people at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance


Filmed/Directed/Produced/Translated: Benjamin Chesterton/Sheikh Rajibul Islam/Ann Noon/Oli Sharpe/The Skipper/Tsigereda Fedlu/Solomon Amare

Music Credits:

Julsy Cocq: Shift, A Robot’s First Love Pietari Kassineri: Emma’s World, Whatever Is Left Of Me Ghosts For Hire: Tunnel Rat Stephen O’Brien: Prelude 1  The OO-ray: Silhouettes

Author — duckrabbit

duckrabbit is a production company formed by radio producer/journalist Benjamin Chesterton and photographer David White. We specialize in digital storytelling.

Discussion (8 Comments)

  1. Mikal W. Grass says:

    Man oh man, this is terrific. As someone who works in the world of adoptions as an attorney, it is imperative that someone do a story on the baby that was adopted, and the new family. I also hope that the adoptive family stays in touch with the family in Ethiopia.

    • duckrabbit says:

      Thanks for that Mikal. That means a lot. In my heart when making this film I kept thinking maybe one day baby Yerosa will watch this and know just how much his Mum loved him. That might be important.

      Please do take a moment to vote. THANKS.

  2. Mikal W. Grass says:

    Benjamin, I will vote. Over the past several years, several HIV positive women have placed their babies for adoption through my office. One woman in particular didn’t know she was positive until she was in labor, when the hospital ran a rapid HIV test. A year later she delivered another baby that she placed for adoption. Interestingly enough, both kids were adopted by same sex couples (the first baby went to a male couple, the second to a female couple). The male couple was more concerned with the mom’s drug use, while the second couple was so relieved to have a baby (they had several fall throughs) they just wanted to know how and when to give the baby the medicine. Both babies are HIV negative.

    Last year I placed another baby from an HIV positive mom in her early 30s. When she was in her late teens, she was beaten in the head with a baseball bat, stuffed in the trunk of a car that was pushed into the water, and left for dead. You can imagine the results of the traumatic brain injury that she suffered. Her boyfriend made sure that she took her medicine when it was time for her to deliver. She delivered a healthy baby that was adopted by a religious Christian family in Indiana. Their reaction to the baby was “well, he needs a home and love, and we can give him both.”


  3. kombizz says:

    I loved the video and the message.
    I vote for it,

  4. Lara says:

    Incredible film. The resilience and strength behind decisions made by women in circumstances like this is all too easy to ignore or forget. Thanks for making me remember and think….. Voted – tick!

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