Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt

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On the eve of 1987's Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, surviving families and friends of people who have died of AIDS prepare panels to be added to a large-scale memorial quilt project. Drawing from the sea of names memorialized, director Robert Epstein focuses on the lives of six people. Alongside the intimate profiles offered, through news footage and interviews, Epstein puts the AIDS crisis in the larger context of social and government response to the disease.

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Critic Reviews for Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

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  • "Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt" confronts us with the reality of AIDS with such simplicity and directness that it is hard to imagine how the enormous tragedy of this disease could be expressed with greater impact.

    May 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The stories are terrifically moving without manipulation - the viewer is likely to cry more than anyone onscreen - but the feelings that hit hardest are anger and frustration.

    May 18, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • A singularly moving and sympathetic account of people whose lives have been profoundly altered, or cut short, by AIDS.

    May 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's a gentle, sensitive film, the fierce anger felt by its makers evident only in the use of statistics and media snippets which build up to a damning indictment of the social and political response to the AIDS crisis.

    May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

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  • While such criticisms are relevant, it is also empowering finally to see a work that recognizes without apology the lives of gay people affected by AIDS connected to others who have experienced firsthand the AIDS crisis.

    May 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Much like the quilt itself, the film is at once a personal and intimate memorial as well as a broader cultural symbol of the lives lost to the epidemic.

    May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

  • Jan 17, 2011
    One of the most devastating documentaries ever made. There is no way to perfectly capture the pain of death, but somehow CommoN Threads seems to perfectly display every painful moment of AIDS. This is a documentary that everyone has to see.
    Liz < Super Reviewer

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