Dorothy Cheung, Heart Murmurs
Heart Murmurs is a poetic dialogue between the filmmaker Dorothy Cheung and Dean, a young man living in Hong Kong. In reflecting on his experience of living with a congenital disability and HIV during the first years of the COVID pandemic, Dean expresses his sense of self in the face of regular medical challenges.
Hiura Fernandes and Lili Nascimento, Aquela criança com AID$ (That Child with AID$)
That Child with AID$ tells the story of Brazilian advocate and artist Lili Nascimento, who was born with HIV in 1990. Lili has worked to expand narratives about living with HIV beyond the limited images and ideologies that permeate the industries surrounding HIV and AIDS.
Beau Gomez, This Bed I Made
This Bed I Made presents the bed as a place of solace and agency, as opposed to a mere site of illness or isolation. Through the shared stories of two Filipino men living with HIV, the video explores forms of care, restoration and abundance in the midst of pandemic devastation.
Dolissa Medina and Ananias P. Soria, Viejito/Enfermito/Grito (Old Man/Sick Man/Shout)
Ananias, a San Francisco Bay Area artist and immigrant, performs the folkloric Danza de los Viejitos (the Dance of the Old Men). Originally from Michoacán, Mexico, where the dance originates, Ananias interprets its movements through the lens of his spirituality, his long-term HIV-related disabilities, and his search for a place in the world.
Kurt Weston, Losing the Light
Losing the Light reflects the artist’s bitter fight to stay in this world as a long-term survivor of AIDS who has lost his vision to CMV retinitis. An experimental self-portrait, the video evokes the dissolution and fragmentation of the artist's body, representing the impact of blindness, long-term HIV infection, and the cumulative effects of decades of antiretroviral medication.