Elegy in the Streets
- Jim Hubbard |
- 1989 |
- 30 minutes |
- COLOR |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
Exploring the AIDS crisis from both a personal and a political perspective, the film intertwines two main motifs: memories of Roger Jacoby, a filmmaker who died of AIDS, and the development of a mass response to AIDS. The collective response begins with mourning at a candlelight vigil and the deep sadness of the AIDS Quilt and then progresses toward a much more determined reaction by ACT-UP: first, in the Gay Pride March in New York City, then in separate demonstrations that build in militancy - with a corresponding increasingly heavy-handed response by the police - culminating in a demonstration during a baseball game and the thumbs-up sign of a teenager sporting a Silence = Death button.
"... roars with urgency from beginning to end."
- Karl Soehnlein, Outweek
"... a powerful work that chronicles the filmmaker's experience of a political moment filled with personal loss."
- Jason Simon, Afterimage
"... exquisitely hand-processed ... miniature portraits of a friend ... infusing his memorial not with nostalgia, but activism."
- Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice