Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1990)





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This film, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1989. Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt helps put faces on the names on the quilt of those who have died from AIDS. The quilt at that time covered 14 acres. The lives of five people who suffered and fought this disease are celebrated.
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Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Shadows on the Wall

That each of the thousands of panels represents a life as unique as the five witnessed on screen is heartbreaking. This Oscar-winning docu paved the way for other features about AIDS.

Full Review… | June 7, 2006

Audience Reviews for Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

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.

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Back when AIDS was a gay disease and something you worried about getting from kissing, this documentary puts a personal face on the misundrestood disease. It also shows what a real threat it was to society and how quickly it propagated. More people should have seen this when it came out.

Phillip Renke
Phillip Renke

It would be very difficult not to be moved and touched by this Oscar winning documentary. It is very well done, professionally and lovingly piced together and has a very good variety of people interviewed. Exceptional filmmaking.

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