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A film about AIDS in the world

A Closer Walk

About the film

A Closer Walk is the first film to provide a definitive portrayal of humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic.


Directed, written, and produced by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, and narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, the film explores the intricate relationship between health, dignity, and human rights, and shows how the harsh realities of AIDS in the world are an expression of the way the world really is.


Inclusive interviews with individuals from all walks of life, including the Dali Lama, Kofi Annan, and Bono, combine with stories, portraits, and vignettes of children, women and men living with AIDS on four continents. Breathtaking cinematography by Richard D. Young celebrates human dignity even as it bears witness to immense human suffering.


All these elements are woven together in a beautifully crafted film that is not only about a deadly infections disease, but about the human condition. Moving, thought-provoking, and ultimately inspiring, 


A Closer Walk tells us that if we act with compassion and conviction – if we walk the walk – we can put an end to the worst plague in human history, and reaffirm our membership in the human family.


The Filmmakers

Robert Bilheimer

Writer, Director, Producer

Richard D. Young


Anthony DeLuca


Craig Braden

Second Unit Director of Photography

Glenn Close and Will Smith


Heidi Ostertag

Eric Sawyer

Bill Stetson


Keith Foley and Shelley Woodworth

Original Musical Score


Purchase the film

Released 2003

Directed by Robert Bilheimer

Narration by Glenn Close and Will Smith

Runtime: 82 minutes

Released 2003

Directed by Robert Bilheimer

Narration by Glenn Close and Will Smith

Runtime: 82 minutes

Home Use DVD


Educational/Institutional DVD


Public Screening License


"I’m a doctor. My contract is with my patients. Don’t tell me that health care for the poor isn’t realistic or feasible. Because if that’s the way you think, get out of my way we’re going find the solution anyway."

- Paul Farmer

A Closer Walk



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