Filming for A Closer Walk took place over a period of two and a half
years, beginning in early 2000. During this time Robert Bilheimer and
his crew visited dozens of locations on four continents, interviewing
or profiling more than 75 children, women, and men across the broad spectrum
of the global AIDS experience.
From time to time Robert Bilheimer wrote letters home to his family and
friends about his feelings as he and his colleagues experienced the harsh
realities of the AIDS pandemic. These letters were eventually read and
shared by thousands of people in the United States and abroad, who found
them to be a compelling account of one human beings discovery of
the way the world really is.