June / august 2022
The magazine Fugues writes the first article about the 1st International HIV DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Montreal Canada.
July 28th – August 2nd
1st International HIV DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Montreal Canada
Toolkit with 15 pictures of Atlas2018
The film shown here focuses on the relationship between the two men. It takes a look at their past, present and future. It also looks at 40 years of HIV and AIDS in the Netherlands. Bert and Erwin are one of the rare couples who, while having to deal with the potentially deadly virus so early in the epidemic themselves, can still, 40 years on, reflect upon 40 years of HIV and AIDS in the Netherlands.
This 15-minute film is the first step in producing a fully fledged TV documentary about the double anniversary this year.
Looking for Curtis
It made us proud and very happy to hear that Looking for Curtis is winner of the ‘Award of Recognition’ at the ‘Accolade Global Film Competition’, is Award winner at the ‘Madrid Arthous Film festival 2021’ and is Finalist at the ‘Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift’.
San Francisco Indie Short Festival 2021
It made us very happy to hear that Looking for Curtis is nominated for the San Francisco Indie Short Festival.
Docs Without Borders Film Festival 2021
“I will speak, I will speak!” The Netherlands is winner of the Award ‘Outstanding Excellence’ at the ‘Docs Without Borders Film Festival 2021’.
Alabama photo series used in a Peer Toolkit
The photo serie The Hub Birmingham made by Vincent van den Hoogen is chosen for use in a Peer Toolkit.
APRIL 22, 2021
Oakland Short Film Festival
‘Best Short 2020’
It made us proud and very happy to hear that Looking for Curtis is winner of the Competition ‘Best Shorts 2020-2021’ of the Oakland Short Film Festival
Directed and edited by Willem Aerts, cinema photography by Wilko van Oosterhout, dramaturgy Erwin Kokkelkoren, graphic design Adrian Silvestri, produced by Bert Oele and Erwin Kokkelkoren, © les enfants terribles.
“I will speak, I will speak!” Docs Without Borders Film Festival
“I will speak, I will speak!” has been accepted and is now an “Official Selection” at the Docs Without Borders Film Festival competition (DWBFF).
December 1, 2020
“I will speak, I will speak!”
Major Project MAO
December 1, 2020
Interview with Dr. Marc van der Valk about hiv and covid-19
Dr. Mark van der Valk, Infectious diseases specialist/head of hiv clinic in Amsterdam. UMC-hospital. Amsterdam.
November 29, 2020
‘Power of Love’ in Carré
Screening of Lisa, a 4-minute film of an outspoken and prominent HIV-advocate, filmed in Alabama, USA. Introduced by Erwin Kokkelkoren, one of the producers of the film.
November 12, 2020
Interview Gay News
A major interview with Erwin and Bert about their life long career in HIV storytelling. Written by Wil Groot for ‘Gay News’. Published both in Dutch and English.
“Our work has enabled us to reach more than five million people. Sharing the story of all those people living with HIV with others is crucial to combat the stigma surrounding HIV.’
November 2, 9 and 16, 2020
Screening Lisa, Katie and DE ANTHONY and Jason for MAO
Supporting state-wide community discussion for healthcare professionals social workers prep navigators and community members.
August 10, 2020
Aired on Dutch Television
Documentary “I will speak, I will speak!”
NPO 2 Extra August 10, 09:05am – NPO 2 Extra August 11, 00:15am – NPO 2 Extra August 12, 04:45am
VPRO magazine 31.
July 6 – 10, 2020, AIDS 2020
Virtual conference San Francisco-Oakland
Atlas Virtual will livestream an 8 hour program three times a day. 6-10 July.
This 8 hours program will contain:
· Stories of people living with HIV from Europe Africa Russia South-East Asia North and South-America. Presented in videos documentaries and photo-documentaries.
· Stories about the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of people living with HIV including stories of people with HIV who also went through the Covid-19 infection.
· A daily live talk show recorded in Amsterdam.
June 10, 2020
Posted on A&U America’s AIDS Magazine
a storytelling experience
by Hank Trout June 9, 2020
“Over the last several years, Atlas has interviewed, photographed, and filmed a diverse group of HIV community members sharing their stories of life with HIV. The group’s work has produced various documentaries, hundreds of video stories, exhibitions, presentations, and social media campaigns. The purpose of ATLAS VIRTUAL is to showcase the strength and resilience of the brave men and women of the world’s HIV communities. Plans include revisiting some of the HIV-positive women and men from South Africa, Zambia, Cambodia, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Suriname, Russia, the U.S. who participated in ATLAS2018.”
Talking to old friends
about hiv in times of Covid-19
Seyha and his mother – Phnom Penh Cambodia
Edwin Cameron – Cape Town, South Africa
Fighting both hiv and Covid-19
Louis and Daan – The Netherlands
Stuart – United Kingdom
AIDS 2020 and Atlas2018
due to Covid-19
Every two years the World Aids Conference is organized to fight HIV and to fight the stigmatization of PLWHIV (People Living With HIV). Around 20.000 doctors, scientists, members of the media, artists and members of the HIV-community meet for 5 days.
Atlas2018 will be present in San Francisco with all the stories from all around the world.We have found the best place possible to show our work:
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, YBCA, right in the city center, opposite the Moscone Center where AIDS 2020 will be held.
For 6 days all our filmed and many of our photographed stories can be seen here. At YBCA we create the grand Exhibition “I will speak, I will speak!” in their mayor hall The Forum, complimented with a documentary program at their Cinema. The Exhibition space will also be used for events, presentations and receptions of (community based) partners and sponsors.
We will bring stories from all around the world to San Francisco. Special emphasis will be on stories we made in the U.S. (the Bay Area and Alabama) and stories from our home, the Netherlands.
We invite you all to visit 38 million PLWHIV at the YBCA to celebrate life.
March 24, 2020
Oakland Short Film Festival
Looking for Curtis
POSTPONED BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION.
“We are excited to welcome you to Oakland Short Film Festival held at the Piedmond Theatre on March 24th, from 7 PM.
Your film, Looking for Curtis has been selected for screening and is nominated for the Best Documentary Short award.
The award winners will be announced at the festival, after the screening. The screening will start at 7 PM and will be followed by a networking event with other filmmakers and guests from 11:30 PM.”
March 6, 2020
Cinemasia Film Festival, Amsterdam
Two shorts we’ve filmed in Cambodia
An intimate portrait of a transgender living with HIV.
Mother and Son
In a cozy neighborhood of Phnom Penh’s inner city we meet 20-year-old Seyha and his mother, Choun Sokha.
Seyha was infected with HIV at birth by his mother.
November 13, 2019
“Problem gelöst? Geschichte(n) eines Virus”
Our ‘award winning’ short film Looking for Curtis and our documentary I will speak, I will speak! will be screened in the context of the exhibition “Problem gelöst? Geschichte(n) eines Virus” in Cooperation with the Konzeptbüro Rote Fabrik Zürich.
Wednesday November 13 – Time 19.30, at Clubraum Rote Fabrik, Zürich
Gil’s platform presents on line their most recent articles and videos about life with HIV.
The short film “Atlas2018” shows the frontrunners of this community organization, whose aim is to give a face and a voice to the HIV community of 37 million men and women worldwide.
The men of Atlas2018 talk extensively about their motives, their work and their future plans.
September 19, 2019
The Best Shorts Competition
It made us proud and very happy to hear that we have won The Best Shorts Competition September2019
A big hug for all in our team.
The jury wrote: “On behalf of our entire staff and panel of judges, I am pleased to inform you that you have won a Best Shorts Competition Award!
Season: September 2019
Willem Aerts (Netherlands), Looking for Curtis
Award of Recognition: Documentary Short
Winning a Best Shorts is something you and your entire team can be proud of! Our judges base their decisions on the quality, creativity and technical aspects of each piece. The award appropriately reflects the endless hours you and your team have spent to create your outstanding production! Congratulations on your achievement!”
July 5, 2019
Presentation international pharma
Films, pictures and stories from around the world
This day we gave a successful presentation of our material for a large group of policy officers from one of our sponsors. Bert, Erwin and Robert showed 6 films, spoke in detail of how Atlas works, what goals we are striving for and how we can reach people worldwide.
Many of those present got a new look at a world which they themselves are working so hard for. This made it an extremely inspiring afternoon that strongly motivated both parties to continue working for an HIV-free world.
Photo’s by Emiel Lops
June 23, 2019
“I will speak, I will speak!” New People Cinema
An exclusive screening of “I will speak, I will speak!” during the Pink Film Days in San Francisco, along with meeting the makers and initiators in the New People Cinema. We’ll give a short introduction to our plans and new material for ATLAS2018. By invitation only.
June 18 – 25, 2019
AIDS 2020 SURVEY
To gain support for ATLAS2018 in conjunction with the AIDS 2020 congress (6-10 June 2020 in San Francisco and Oakland) we’ll present and promote our work to our friends and contacts in San Francisco. And we’ll choose the best location for our exhibition ATLAS2018.
ATLAS2018 in ‘Zichtlijnen’
ATLAS2018 gets star billing in the April issue of ‘Zichtlijnen’ (‘Sightlines’), the magazine of the Dutch Stage Technology Association. Read about ATLAS2018’s technical highlights and see some beautiful photos of the exhibition in the Beurs van Berlage, realized thanks to Improve, which made ATLAS2018’s stories so clearly visible and audible.
April 29, 2019
ATLAS2018 PRESENTATION AT MAO
ATLAS2018 meets MAO (Medical Advocacy and Outreach), the rural South Alabama association that provides competent, compassionate care and assistance to individuals living with HIV, hepatitis C, and other life-threatening illnesses. MAO, whose work we follow with admiration and respect, gets a look at Atlas’s collected stories. MAO: thanks for your help and hospitality and your great work.
April 26 – May 5, 2019
Our visit to Alabama
Our visit to Alabama was impressive: we met fantastic strong men and women who get on with their lives against all odds. As the first to portray the HIV community in Alabama, we present their stories on our website, material that’s diverse, unusual, and of high quality.
March 14 – 24, 2019
Our documentary “I will speak, I will speak!” and the short film ‘Looking for Curtis’ on the Roze Filmdagen
Saturday March 16 – time 11.00 Westergas-theater
Sunday March 17 – time 15.30 Ketelhuis, Filmzaal 1 Premiere
March 15, 2019
OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam
“I will speak, I will speak!” the documentary
On March 15, at 5 pm in the Eindhovenzaal of the OLVG Hospital, we will show the documentary “I will speak, I will speak!”. Patients will have the chance to see and hear the many stories from men, women, and young people around the world living with HIV.
OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam
“The Time There-After” and “Atlas2018”
In the OLVG hospital’s central hall, in Amsterdam, photos by our photographer Erik Smits will be on exhibit all through March. His photos for “The Time There-After” and “ATLAS2018” are intense, confrontational and stylistically arresting. We welcome you to this exhibition open to everyone.
February 7, 2019
LGBTI+ Documentary night
In the garden of the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok more than 200 guests will see our documentary ‘I will speak, I will speak!’. Thanks to this LGBTI+ documentary night event we are bringing our stories to a part of the world where some of them come from. We look forward to the responses, and to more travel for ‘I will speak, I will speak!’
January 31, 2019
Long Term Survivors Atlas2018
The San Francisco HIV Frontline Organizing Groups (SF HIV OG) exhibit two productions by Atlas2018.
“Men of the first hour”: We meet Ken, Gregg, Hank, Matt and Vincent over lunch in San Francisco — men who are completely open in witnessing how it was: the losses, the sadness, thinking it over and living through it.
“Patty”: The story of her life is filled with the courage to continue hoping against all expectations — “My hope comes and goes”. And how now as a yoga teacher she seeks and finds balance.
In the blink of an eye these men and women welcome you into their lives.