Fig Trees: A Documentary Opera about Pills, AIDS and Gertrude Stein


4 Throats (from John Greyson's Fig Trees) from Jared Raab on Vimeo.

Four South African activists who died of AIDS in the past decade sing about their lives, and their refusal to be immortalized as saints and martyrs. (Alexander Chapman as Simon Nkoli, Justin Bacchus as Christopher Moraka, Denise Williams as Gugu Dlamini, Ashton Williams as Nkosi Johnson)


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Tim McCaskell (David Wall) and Zackie Achmat (Van Abrahams) speak about the potential of unified global action to combat big pharma, and join St. Martin (Ezra Perlman) in a motet about the politics of polyphany

Zackie Barcelona Speech

Zackie Achmat (Van Abrahams) is too weak to attend the 2002 Barcelona International AIDS conference, and so sends his speech on video instead. This becomes sampled and transformed into an aria about his treatment strike.