In 1999, South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat went on a treatment strike, refusing to take his pills until they were widely available to all South Africans. This symbolic act became a cause celebre, helping build his group Treatment Action Campaign into a national movement - yet with each passing month, Zackie grew sicker. FIG TREES uses this story as the basis for a journey through the history of AIDS and AIDS-activism, and does so in a lavish and intuitive way filled with Peter Greenaway-style digressions.
John Greyson is a Canadian filmmaker, many of whose films deal with gay themes. Since making his directorial debut with THE PERILS OF PEDAGOGY in 1984, he has made a total of 17 films, in addition to directing for several TV-series. His most famous films are the musical ZERO PATIENCE (1993) and LILIES (1996).