Narrated by Dustin Hoffman
Academy Award, Best Feature Documentary (1989)
An Olympic athlete; a gay activist; a boy with hemophilia; a recovering heroin addict; a closeted Navy commander: five very diverse lives that shared a common fate. Their lives—along with thousands of others—are woven together in a giant memorial patchwork quilt, that is solemnly unfolded in the US capitol to protest the government's refusal to respond to a growing epidemic. Common Threads tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic in the US.
Festivals & Screenings
Best Feature Documentary
George Foster Peabody Award
University of Georgia School of Journalism
Best Original Score - Bobby McFerrin
"Slams through stereotypes … Slowly, carefully, powerfully, Common Threads takes the cold statistics and gives them very recognizable faces."
- The New York Times
"A great documentary."
- The Washington Post
"As powerful and moving
a documentary as you will ever see. A+."
"A documentary with the cumulative emotional impact of great tragedy."
- Los Angeles Times
"Simply stunning…a study in devotion and anger and courage at a dark time. And through it all, it’s love that shines the brightest."
Produced and Directed by
Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
Director of Photography
Jean de Segonzac
Music Composed and Performed by
Suzi and David Mandell
Vito Russo (1946-1990)
Tracy Torrey (1940-1988)