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“Change” is a short film that tackles stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV in the MENA region.

As an initiative of MENARosa (a group of women living with and affected by HIV in the Middle East and North Africa) and Regional/Arab Nework Against AIDS (RANAA), with the generous support of Ford Foundation ICW and UNAIDS.

Written and directed by Elie Ballan
Release date is Dec. 1, 2013 World AIDS Day.
Please visit and like the page and share your thoughts
https://www.facebook.com/ChangeDec1

We should never forget that even though we live separate lives, we are all share in the togetherness of our world. My cousin Nabil is the lead actor in this short film, and I couldn’t be prouder! :)

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My Third Tattoo. It's been a while. I've been gone, and it's been foggy. Turned 26 and as cliche as it sounds want to turn a new leaf. Things have to change, and as a rule they will. Maybe this time the change can happen in a more controlled environment. I have been wanting to get a tattoo of a tree for a while; nothing stronger and more beautifully resilient than a tree...

Sometimes you can know someone so well, for so long and they can still surprise you. You can think to yourself that you know how they’d react in every situation, but the thing is, no matter how much you know someone, battles are always being waged inside our heads. Sometimes people don’t act like themselves, based on a need or necessity; people adjust and you can’t always recognize them.

Maybe it’s your job to remind them who they are, or maybe you should support them no matter what, and hope that they find their way back to themselves. If that isn’t the case, and the change is permanent, do not be sad. Accept the new person that has grown in front of you, and take it as an opportunity to get to know more of them than you had before. Because the truth is people never change, they just become more of who they truly are…

I may have changed for you; but I will not be changed by you. Choice is the only divine quality that we possess. It was my choice to love you; at first. Then love took it from there. Now I find myself standing back at the beginning, Looking out into the light that is fading, Looking in until I see what I could not. Now I know that the right choice was clear all along, but love wanted it to be wrong.

I may have changed for you; but I won’t be changed by you.