Life Support

Synopsis: In Brooklyn, New York, the former crack addicted Ana Wallace is HIV positive and is a volunteer in the Life Support, an organization that promotes a fight against AIDS in the African American community. Ana wanders through the streets handing out condoms and helping people with AIDS through lectures and advices. She lives with her mate Slick, who has transmitted AIDS to her, and their little daughter Kim. She has lost the custody of her older daughter Kelly that lives with her estranged mother Lucille. When Kelly's childhood gay friend Amare, who is sick and rejected by his sister Tanya, vanishes on the streets of Brooklyn, Ana seeks him out and tries to save him. Meanwhile Lucille decides to move to Virginia with Kelly, and Ana reflects about her life and the relationship with Kelly.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Nelson George
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations.
87 min

I was with a guy that...

I knew was

shooting drugs.

He had $100,000

in this arm,

and he had $50,000

in this arm.

And I said,

"Okay, go to the doctor.

Get a test

before we even

do anything. "

And then I just threw

all that out the closet

and said "Later" for it.

Me and Slick used

to get high together.

Then he got locked up.

He called me.

He created

this story about...

his friends in jail had gotten tested,

you know, some of them,

and they came up positive.

And he thought that

I should get tested.

As soon as he said that, I knew it.

I knew it.

I knew it. I knew it.

I was ready to kill his ass.

I was ready to kill myself.

I was ready to kill somebody,

you know? Sh*t.

We have felt it.

"Oh, he loves me.

You know, he would tell me.

He wouldn't... " you know.

And I just told myself

a whole bunch of bullshit.

You know?

Just a bunch of bullshit.

- Yeah.

- I knew that he slept with other women.

I also knew that,

you know, he shot drugs.

But I was like,

"No, whatever. "

I guess in the back of my mind

I had this crazy thing

about how I was just

gonna, you know,

prove how much I loved him

and how much better

I was than all

the women that he had.

And I was going...

just I was going to show my love.

I was so stupid. And sometimes

I wake up in the middle of the night

mad at myself. I'd be like,

"Girl, you're so dumb. "

I was young.

He was older.

He looked nice.

I asked him.

He said no.

And that was it.

The condoms were sitting

right there in a basket.

They were sitting right there.

All I had to do was pick it up

and open it. But because

he didn't have that look...

and come on, I didn't even

know what the look was.

- But I just figured...

- There is no look.

Exactly. Exactly.

A lot of women

and a lot of men

they figure, "Well,

the people I've been with,

- all of them is clean. "

- They look clean.

Yeah, that "Everybody

I messed with, they was clean. "

- That's what I used to say.

- And I'm saying, so...

- Really?

... what that mean?

I know, right?

Right? I tried.

Ma, I can't find my sneakers.

They're probably under

the bed where you left them.

Don't make me come show you.

Under the bed, baby.

Good morning, this is WVKS,

the voice

of Brooklyn speaking...

Is that you making

all that noise, Slick?

Yeah. I love you too, baby.


- Thank you for my foot rub.

- Mmm.

I couldn't sleep for sh*t.

Are you gonna stay off it today?

I will try.

I'll take the bus for sure.

- I'm gonna know if you're lying.

- You don't forget

your belt today.

And make two of them sandwiches.

- She needs two.

- Oh yeah?

Anything else I can

do for you this morning?

Give me the winning lotto number.

Ah. I'll get right on that.

Kim, you better be

almost ready.

And I want

those teeth brushed,

and no food

on that face, either.


You want a sandwich?

No, I'm good.

You are stubborn.

You know you're supposed

to eat before you take that.

- Fine. Make me a sandwich.

- Good.

I found them.

Princess Kim.

Don't you look nice.

- Are you taking me to school today?

- No, your mama's feet hurt,

so I'm gonna drop you off

on my way to work.

No, Slick. I want to.

And I'm ready, so give

your daddy a kiss goodbye.

- Come on. Let's get a move on.

- Bye.

Bye, baby.

All right,

put these away for me.

- After you take yours?

- Yeah.

All right. I love you.

- Have a good day.

- I love you too. Be good.

Take care of yourself.

There goes your little

boyfriend showing off for you.

He's not my boyfriend.

- If you say you like him...

- He's too young for me anyway.

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Nelson George

Nelson George (born September 1, 1957) is an African-American author, columnist, music and culture critic, journalist, and filmmaker. He has been nominated twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award. more…

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