To order a copy of PROTECTION from sub Saharan African countries (PAL format), please please contact Fireworx Media in Johannesburg.

To order the DVD or access streaming of the film from other parts of the world, contact the Media Education Foundation (MEF) at The DVD is available in PAL format and NTSC formats and can also be accessed for streaming directly. General info about the film and gender-focused HIV prevention capacity building: Jill Lewis at

Featured Scenes

Slide show

From urban South Africa, to a stone-carving community in Kenya, to parents and teenagers in post-conflict Sierra Leone, HIV is a reality and challenge men face.

South Africa

An elderly boxing trainer and a young Johannesburg boxer approach differently the challenges of caring for a strong, healthy body in a world of HIV.


A stone carving community gathers to discuss the importance of condoms and how to stop tradition dying out as a result of HIV and AIDS.

Sierra Leone

Two young men from different backgrounds in post-war Sierra Leone navigate peer influences and parents’ efforts to keep them ‘on track’, safe from HIV.

Documentary Overview

Men avoiding HIV

PROTECTION is about condom use as a crucial strategy to help men and boys avoid HIV infection. The film shows men and youth in South Africa, Kenya and Sierra Leone addressing the condom challenge in different ways.

The DVD is a resource for your HIV awareness work, to get men thinking about and discussing HIV and its consequences, about avoiding or coping better with the presence of the virus in their lives.

Sexually transmitted HIV affects increasingly more lives in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet so many boys and men still don’t – or can’t – make condom use part of their sexual reality. Wider discussion can help condoms become a more familiar, viable part of men’s lives.

The PROTECTION DVD provides a context for argument, questions and information about condoms to surface more vividly in your trainings or workshops, your community or your congregation.

This website tells you about the film, how to get hold of a copy and ways to use the DVD. It has information about HIV and AIDS realities in sub-Saharan Africa and the issues behind condom use. It explains what condoms are and how to use them well. It also talks about different ways you can become actively involved in stopping the spread of the virus....

Read more about this on about the film.


The film

You can find out about the film, how to use it as an educational tool in HIV prevention and how to get hold of a DVD of it or access it via Streaming.

Information about condoms

You can read, download and share detailed information about what condoms are and how to use them properly.

Resources and downloads

Find resources to help you in your HIV prevention work; to use alongside the DVD or separately from it.

Story Chapters

South Africa

The first section of the film takes us into the life of George Ngwenya, a highly respected boxing trainer who has prepared world champions. In an amateur boxing youth centre in Soweto, he explains the importance of learning protection and defence techniques and of disciplining the body.



The section opens with a voice recounting the story of creation as told among the people of Kisii, in Western Kenya. Elkana Ong’esa, an elder in the Kisii town of Tabaka and a renowned sculptor, takes us into the life of the town, its soap stone quarries and the work of its carving co-operative.


Sierra Leone

Amara Conteh is an admired, upcoming football player with a desirable reputation, living in the harsh conditions of a poorer side of the city. Washing taxis and hanging out with car mechanics, he holds out dreams for football stardom. He has five girlfriends, doesn’t believe HIV is an issue….