Chinese activists hope the Oscar win for a documentary about the plight of HIV/Aids orphans in a mainland village will raise global concern for the under-exposed national problem. The Blood of Yingzhou District, a 39-minute documentary made by Hong Kong-born Beijing-based director Ruby Yang and producer Thomas Lennon, was cut down from 80 hours of footage shot over a year recording the lives and discrimination faced by a group of children orphaned by and infected with the disease in the Anhui village of Yingzhou. The HIV/Aids epidemic spread through illegal blood sales and transfusions in Henan , the province next to Anhui, in the 1990s and reports about it first put China on the world's Aids map. Li Dan , director of the China Orchard Aids Project which provides support to affected families and children orphaned by Aids, said the film's success would focus more attention on the problem.'In the past, when people mentioned the Aids problem they often thought of Africa,' Mr Li said. 'With this film, hopefully people will pay more attention to the problem in China.'But he also said the film was still too 'reserved' about the mainland's HIV/Aids situation. While Yingzhou had long benefited from the efforts of non-governmental organisations, other areas like Henan and Shanxi were in more dire straits. To Chung, founder of the Hong Kong-based Chi Heng Foundation, which sponsors about 4,000 Aids-affected children on the mainland, said the award was 'well-deserved'. He said the biggest problem faced by such children was psychological. The stigma and stress of discrimination, poverty and the lack of proper medical care and education was creating a group of depressed and angry children who could grow into a destabilising force if not carefully managed. Mr To said latest official figures available indicated there were 76,000 children orphaned by Aids and the figure would jump to 260,000 by 2010. But he said if another official figure of 650,000 adult Aids victims was correct, the number of Aids-affected children, not necessarily carrying the virus themselves, would be more like 1 million. Mr To also said 'the Oscar announcement is very timely' as 79-year-old Aids veteran activist Gao Yaojie from Henan was just allowed to fly out to the United States to collect a human rights award from a group sponsored by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.