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Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

A tremendous, handmade monument to lives lost to AIDS, the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt demonstrated that grief and activism together could manifest a powerful symbol of resilience. Winner of the 1989 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this moving film explores the human stories obscured by statistics, examining the cross-section of identities affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as efforts to combat the stigma, misinformation, and political obstruction that deepened the crisis.

Common Threads has been preserved by The Academy Film Archive, Milestone Film & Video, and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, a partnership between Outfest and UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view for ticketholders before and after the screening. In addition, sections will be on view for free during the following times, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills:

Saturday, July 20, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, July 21, 11 am – 1:30 pm

IN PERSON: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Bill Couturié

Dates & Times


Samuel Goldwyn Theatre

Mon, Jul 22
7:30 pm