Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

BALKA – Women, Drugs, and HIV in Ukraine

2010. 36 minutes. Russian with English subtitles. A three-part documentary film from the Open Society Institute about the effect on women of the drug-related HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe. Directed and Edited by Anya Meksin and Leeza Meksin. Produced by Sophie Pinkham. Music by Jeff McSpadden. Sound Design by Cesar Davila-Irizarry.

Part 1: Zina and Marina – best friends and active drug users, who are about to discover their HIV status; Part 2: Tanya – a mother of two who has transitioned into substitution treatment but whose husband continues to use drugs; Part 3: Galya – a former user who now works as a peer-to-peer outreach worker.

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