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Ithaca College Screens Film for World AIDS Day

ITHACA, NY — The Academy Award–winning film “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” will be shown at Ithaca College on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in observance of World AIDS Day. The screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Textor 103, and it is free and open to the public.

“Common Threads” tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic as seen through the lives of five very diverse individuals who shared a common fate. Using the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt as its central metaphor, the film weaves together personal memories and television news stories to expose the U.S. government’s failure to respond to the growing epidemic, and the vibrant protest movement that was born as a result.

Made for HBO, “Common Threads” won the 1990 Academy Award for best documentary feature. The citation for its Peabody Award noted that the film draws attention to the AIDS epidemic by celebrating the lives of its victims, not their painful demise: “We realize that AIDS patients are people — like us — whose talents, hopes and dreams have been curtailed by a killer virus.”
The showing is part of the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series, sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Education, Outreach, and Services. For more information, visit