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DiAna's Hair Ego: AIDS Info Up Front
AIDS Info Up Front
A film by Ellen Spiro
1990, 29 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99157
Realizing the extreme inadequacy of local information on AIDS prevention, cosmetologist DiAna DiAna, with her partner Dr. Bambi Sumpter, took on the task of educating the Black community in Columbia, South Carolina. This provocative, funny and informative film documents the growth of the South Carolina AIDS Education Network which operates out of DiAna's Hair Ego, the beauty salon where a condom display is as common as a basket of curlers! DiANA'S HAIR EGO has been used by hundreds of educational and community organizations as a model for making a difference.


  • Atlanta Film/Video Festival, Best Activist Video
  • New York Documentary Festival
  • San Francisco Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Juror's Award

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    "An affectionate profile. Addresses AIDS and sexuality with a refreshing directness and humor."
    New York Times

    "A terrific portrait of a remarkable woman."
    Boston Globe

    "Inspiring and humorous."
    New York Newsday

    "A brilliant portrait of a passionate mission."
    PWA Coalition Newsletter

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