Boston LGBT Film Festival and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts to present two films
Posted May 06 2011 1:18pm
In recognition of 30 Years of AIDS, the Boston LGBT Film Festival in conjunction with AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts will be sponsoring two special film screenings on Sunday May 8, 2011 and Sunday May 15, 2011.
“We are proud to be participating in The Boston LGBT Film Festival this year by presenting this series looking back at 30 years of AIDS,” said Rebecca Haag, President and CEO of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. “As we acknowledge this milestone we must recognize that although we have made great strides battling HIV/AIDS, there is still much work to be done. More than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV; 1-in-5 people infected don’t know it. HIV is on the rise again among gay and bisexual men. AIDS is the third leading cause of death for African-Americans ages 35-44. The epidemic is far from over but we are hopeful that better days are ahead and we will beat this epidemic.”
On Sunday May 8th at 5pm, there will be a screening of “ We Were Here: Voices from the AIDS Years in San Francisco ” at the Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston.
“We Were Here” focuses on a small number of interviewees, all of whom lived in San Francisco before the epidemic hit. The stories they tell are not only intensely personal, but also address the much larger political and sexual complexities of that era. “We Were Here” explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all — the parallel histories of suffering and loss.
On Sunday May 15th at 2pm, the World Premier screening of “ Still Around ” will be held at the Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street Cambridge. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion as well as a question and answer period. This community event is free of charge and is presenting in collaboration with BioScript
“Still Around” is from ‘The HIV Story Project’, a San Francisco based film collective who commissioned and produced 15 short films that portray people living with HIV/AIDS from the San Francisco Bay Area - a region that has been deeply affected by the disease. The end result is a feature length compilation that weaves a diverse slate of stories into one powerful video AIDS quilt of our times.