When people think of Washington D.C., they think of a town steeped in power and money -- where the day-to-day activities create ripples that affect the lives of millions of Americans. But, as direct Susan Koch's film The Other City sets to point-out, within every city, there is a city that is not visible to passing visitor. So while millions may descend upon D.C. to visit the Smithsonian or tour 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, just beyond the sight of tourists and history buffs lay a city in ruins. Washington D.C. has an HIV/AIDS rate that is the highest in the country. Healthcare and gay marriage weighs heavy on the minds of suited policy-makers in the nation's capitol, but there are communities being ravaged by the disease a mere stone's throw away.
In honor of World AIDS Day tomorrow, December 1st, Showtime will be airing Koch's film which features how certain members have chosen to fight against, educate others on and live with AIDS. To say their stories are inspiring would be trivializing their cause -- they are simply citizens who are looking to make the world a place than the one they found.
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