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DEPARTING GESTURE

DRAMA | 2021 | 11 minutes | USA

a film by Brian Bolster & Jonathan Napolitano

As the frontlines of America’s HIV epidemic continue to migrate away from metropolitan centers - and invariably into territories least-equipped for battle – a funeral director in the heart of the South confronts an environment of societal shame and ignorance to ensure a dignified finality to those fallen from the disease.

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Rejection and regret are two themes I have always been intrigued by, if not drawn to, since first hearing about AIDS back in the early 1980’s. And though we’ve come so far in our understanding and treatment of this epidemic, these two themes unfortunately appear to be reprising the same dated roles they played in the 1980’s.

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