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Common Threads - Stories from the Quilt

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Runtime:
79 minutes

Director(s):
Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Production Year
1989

Type
Feature

Genre
Documentary

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this Academy Award-winning documentary brings to life the amazing story of The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the LGBT community response to the AIDS crisis.

An Olympic athlete; a gay activist; a boy with hemophilia; a recovering heroin addict; a closeted Navy commander: five very diverse lives that shared a common fate. Their lives—along with thousands of others—are woven together in a giant memorial patchwork quilt, that is solemnly unfolded in the US capitol to protest the government's refusal to respond to a growing epidemic. Common Threads tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic in the US.

Academy Award: Best Feature Documentary

Emmy Award: Best Original Score - Bobby McFerrin

George Foster Peabody Award

"Slams through stereotypes … Slowly, carefully, powerfully, Common Threads takes the cold statistics and gives them very recognizable faces." - The New York Times

"As powerful and moving a documentary as you will ever see. A+." - People

"A documentary with the cumulative emotional impact of great tragedy." - Los Angeles Times

"Simply stunning…a study in devotion and anger and courage at a dark time. And through it all, it’s love that shines the brightest." -Variety

Academy Award: Best Feature Documentary

Emmy Award: Best Original Score - Bobby McFerrin

George Foster Peabody Award

"Slams through stereotypes. Slowly, carefully, powerfully, Common Threads takes the cold statistics and gives them very recognizable faces." - The New York Times

"As powerful and moving a documentary as you will ever see. A+." - People

"A documentary with the cumulative emotional impact of great tragedy." - Los Angeles Times

"Simply stunning - a study in devotion and anger and courage at a dark time. And through it all, it's love that shines the brightest." -Variety

Common Threads - Stories from the Quilt



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