The timing of the conversation surrounding the Holy Father's comments on the prevention of HIV/AIDS was not only important, but, as it turned out, very timely: Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. Another contribution to the discussion is a superb new film called "Into the Light," about an Tanzanian AIDS worker and sociologist named Mama Lyimo (Mama is an entirely polite Swahili honorific for an adult woman). Glenn, an independent filmmaker, spent several years following Lyimo and her patients as they both battled the disease. The film's website notes: "Frustrated that millions of dollars and work hours had amounted to few successes in the fight against AIDS, Lyimo called Peter to task. 'The problem is we’re always fighting AIDS from the top down. We need to go to talk with people at the grassroots and make a documentary about what they think needs to be done most to fight AIDS. The only way we are going to find new solutions is by understanding the lives of those affected by the disease.'" Indeed, the great virtue of Glenn's beautiful film is that it gives voice to the voiceless, allowing victims in the developing world to talk about their own experiences. Probably I'm biased since I worked in East Africa for several years, and heard similar sad stories told in soft-spoken Swahili, but I found "Into the Light" deeply moving, one of the best films I've ever seen about how the poor cope with illness and hardship. Perhaps it will help a little in the fight to understand how this scourge destroys lives, and might strengthen our resolve to fight this disease, particularly in areas hardest hit. The trailer is above; a longer clip which includes an interview with one of Mama Lyimo's clients, named Suzy, is below.