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Director Biography – Laura O’Grady (UNDETECTABLE)

Laura O’Grady likes to keep busy. From national broadcasters to documentaries that have been screened around the world, Laura O’Grady has produced, coordinated, written or directed hundreds of hours of content. She has received many Canadian Screen Award nominations, provincial awards, and has had 2 films debut at the Hot Docs Film Festival. 2021 marks the release of the documentary Undetectable a project three years in the making.

Director Statement

Three years ago I met a young man who had never heard of AIDS, or the crisis of the 1980s. I was stunned that the history had been so easily lost, and that the remarkable scientific achievements that have transformed an HIV diagnosis from a death sentence to a manageable chronic condition are not widely known, let alone celebrated. Thanks to the work of countless scientists and frontline workers, we now have the tools to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. Treatment as Prevention and U=U are proven strategies that can end this global pandemic. To achieve this vital final step, stigma and prejudice, which was rooted into the earliest reports of GRID (HIV), must be eradicated.

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