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{3 Needles}

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3 Needles deals with three narratives set on different continents. Each story confronts our inability to address the great plague of the late-twentieth century.

With epidemic levels of AIDS infection in South Africa, a group of nuns - Sister Hilde (Olympia Dukakis), Sister Mary (Sandra Oh) and the devout but rebellious Clara (Chloƫ Sevigny) arrive to save as many souls as possible, but soon realize their help is needed more in the here and now. Meanwhile, Canadian actor Denny (Shawn Ashmore) does porn to support his parents while struggling to hide secrets from his employers and his mother (Stockard Channing). In rural China, Jin Ping (Lucy Liu) sets up a blood-donor clinic, paying five dollars apiece to contributors. When his family and neighbours begin to fall ill, young farmer Tong Sam (Tanabadee Chokpikultong) courageously sets out to uncover the truth.

"3 Needles debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, played at countless festivals in London, Stockholm, Seattle, Pusan, before making its commercial release in the US on December 1st, 2006, World AIDS Day. The film won prizes for Cinematrography and Direction at the Atlantic Film Festival and director Thom Fitzgerald was nominated for a Director's Guild Award for Best Direction of a Feature Film.

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