06/27/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'The Other City' Shines Light On Washington, D.C.'s HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Washington, D.C. has an AIDS rate that rivals some parts of Africa, and yet it is the seat of power for one of the most powerful countries in the world.

The stories and the people behind that striking contrast, of an overlooked population and problem in the country's capital, are the subject of The Other City, a new documentary film now showing at the Tribeca Film Festival. It's directed by award-winning anad long-time filmmaker Susan Koch. Sheila Johnson, the businesswoman and philanthropist, is the executive producer.

The film's screenwriter and co-producer, senior Huffington Post editor Jose Antonio Vargas, spoke to CNN about the film.

Vargas explained that some of The Other City's subjects weren't blameless in contracting the disease, but that they were no less worthy of compassion.