A bitter-sweet documentary about HIV-infected orphans in Lopburi chips away at the social stigma associated with the virus in Thailand
By Greg Lowe
One of the things that struck me most about “Living with the Tiger” was the realization I have never laughed so much while watching a documentary about children living with HIV/AIDS.
That’s not meant to sound callous. It’s just that the film features many genuinely funny moments. And by showing the HIV-infected orphans from the Baan Gerda community in Lopburi as normal children, “Living with the Tiger” starts to chip away at the enemy in its sights — the social stigma associated with the virus in Thailand.
Over the course of three years, the children are shown going about their daily lives: generally horsing around and acting like monkeys. After all, that’s what kids do best.