In Absence of Evidence
is a documentary film that tells the bold story of Elmi Muller,
a South African female surgeon who performed
the world’s first HIV-to-HIV kidney transplant in 2008.
At a time of HIV denialism in South Africa,
where patients with end-stage renal disease and HIV had no option but to die,
she pioneered an established procedure on a stigmatized population.
Currently the chair of the surgical division at the University of Cape Town,
Dr. Muller, was the first surgeon in the world to create a lifesaving therapy
that has changed the history of transplantation forever.