Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

  • Telling Pictures
  • 1h 19m
  • USA

Join Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for a free talk on Oct. 24 at 6pm ET. Register here.

Among the great documents of AIDS activism, Common Threads takes the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt as a lens through which to examine the terrible scope of the epidemic. Epstein and Friedman movingly recount the stories of five AIDS victims, conveyed through interviews with the loved ones who survived them (including the film critic and historian Vito Russo, whose book_ The Celluloid Closet_ would subsequently be adapted by Epstein and Friedman), but they also take care to critique the Reagan administration’s woefully inadequate response to the crisis. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman and scored by Bobby McFerrin, Common Threads won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and endures as a powerful record of loss, survival, and hope. A Milestone Films release.


Rob Epstein


Jeffrey Friedman



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