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🌈 Exploring the rich tapestry of queer experiences through cinema has been my cinematic mission throughout June. The Criterion Channel’s LGBTQ+ playlists have been a valuable resource, showcasing diverse voices in front of and behind the camera. If you haven’t seen Dressed in Blue, Tongues Untied, and Shakedown, I highly recommend them for their profound narratives and insights.

Recently, I stumbled upon the powerful documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, available on Criterion and YouTube. This Oscar-winning film, directed by Rob Epstein, delves into the grassroots activism represented by the NAMES Project Memorial AIDS Quilt. Crafted by Cleve Jones in San Francisco, the quilt pays tribute to the thousands lost to AIDS. Each panel, measuring 3 x 6 feet, serves as a poignant memorial, often the closest thing to a proper service these individuals received.

The film beautifully weaves together five stories from the quilt, showcasing the profound impact of AIDS on individuals, families, and communities. Common Threads stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of those affected, offering a heartfelt tribute to lives lost and a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. As we cherish these cinematic narratives, we gain a broader understanding of queer history, fostering empathy and connection across generations. 🎬🏳️‍🌈 #QueerCinema #LGBTQHistory #CommonThreadsDocumentary

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