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Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
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Sara Lewinstein ...
Storyteller (story subject: Dr. Tom Waddell)
David Mandell ...
Storyteller (story subject: David Mandell Jr.)
Suzi Mandell ...
Storyteller (story subject: David Mandell Jr.)
Sallie Perryman ...
Storyteller (story subject: Robert Perryman)
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Storyteller (story subject: Jeffrey Sevcik)
Tracy Torrey ...
Storyteller (story subject: himself and David C. Campbell)
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Gregg Baker ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Gary Bauer ...
Himself - Policy Advisor to the President (archive footage)
Robert Bazell ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Kevin Boyle ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Edward Brandt ...
Himself - Assistant Secretary for Health (archive footage)
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Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Bobbi Campbell ...
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David C. Campbell ...
Himself (archive footage)
Marcus A. Conant ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Marcus A. Conant M.D.)
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This film recounts the lives and deaths of various victims of AIDS who are commemorated in the AIDS quilt. It is a massive cloth collecting each piece as a memorial for each victim of the disease to both show the death toll and to show the humanity of the victims to those who would rather demonize them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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7 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Narrator: It took Rock Hudson's death to capture America's attention. By that time, AIDS had already killed 15 thousand of other Americans. Rock Hudson is the most famous name in the giant quilt, a memorial to ten thousand names of men, women and children who came along very different roads to the same fate.
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Common Threads
Written and Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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26 June 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Winning the 1990 Oscar for Best Documentary, this originally aired on HBO. Watching After Stonewall reminded me of this documentary, and even just seeing the Quilt on THAT program made me tear up - simply from the memory of this documentary.

As a documentary, it's not very impressive - it's pretty rote and basic. However, in 1990, AIDS was still a strong fear - remember, the next year Bruce Davison was nominated for Longtime Companion - but the Bobby McFerrin music and the visuals affected me, in the same way that the Vietnam War Memorial scene from In Country.

This is a must-see documentary.


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