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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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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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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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Brave Film Which Shed Light On Unfolding Tragedy
8 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This documentary accomplishes what most films sent out to do; move and transform audience members. What we have here is a remarkable movie which managed to change the way people viewed the AIDS crisis.

The success of the film's impact lies in its structural simplicity; we hear from the survivors of AIDS victims in ways which humanize their suffering.

Much has been written about the haunting musical score.

I had one slight problem with the film; its Amnerican-centric message. I wish the filmmakers would have paid more attention to the subject matter by giving us more of a world-view. This would have increased the film's credibility.

However, this is a quibble. What we have here is a motion picture which gives lasting testament to the personal courage exhibited by both victims and survivors.


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