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WATCH: This award-winning documentary turns the lens on a provocative queer photographer

The Ballad Of Sexual Dependency, in particular, was a game-changer, spotlighting the post-Stonewall gay subculture of the early ’80s through frank and provocative images of Goldin’s own New York City community.Related: A candid view from the front lines of the gay liberation movement in 1970s Los AngelesNow, a new documentary is turning the lens on Goldin. From filmmaker Laura Poitras, All The Beauty And The Bloodshed is an epic, stirring look at the past, present, and future of an icon and queer trailblazer.The feature catches up with the raconteur in her fight to take the pharmaceutical industry to task, working to hold the infamous Sackler family accountable for the opioid crisis—an epidemic she’s still recovering from herself.It tells Goldin’s amazing story through her own groundbreaking work, thoughtful interviews, and rare footage of her activism and organized protests against the Sackler’s power in the art world, which take her from the Met to the Louvre to the Guggenheim Museum.Related: Masculinity and queer life explored in major new photography exhibitionPoitras—who directed the Oscar-winning Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour—has already been garnering acclaim for All The Beauty And The Bloodshed.
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WATCH: If you liked ‘It’s A Sin’, you should definitely check out ‘AIDS: The Unheard Tapes’
Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk, Doctor Who) transported audiences back to London in the ’80s with It’s A Sin, imagining the uplifting yet tragic tale of a fictional group of queer friends living through the AIDS epidemic.Now, a new documentary series revisits that monumental time and place in gay history, but AIDS: The Unheard Tapes brings audiences face-to-face with the real stories of the people who lived through it—and those who didn’t.Related: And the films played on: 17 essential movies about HIV/AIDSNarrated by Russell Tovey—who, coincidentally, worked with Davies on the miniseries Years And Years—the three-part series gives modern audiences an unparalleled look at the LGBTQ community’s struggle to survive and defiant will to live during this dark time in queer history.In an exercise that proves both heart-wrenching and eye-opening, AIDS: The Unheard Tapes enlists a handful of actors, dressed in period-accurate costuming, to lip-sync to interviews with people who contracted HIV in the epidemic’s early days, recordings that were kept in the British Library and never broadcast until now.More than a gimmick, the effect is astonishing, offering windows into the lives that were taken from us too soon, telling a story of grief, but also one of hope, pride, and celebration.AIDS: The Unheard Tapes‘ first episode debuted January 27 on BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer, with its remaining episodes airing the following Mondays.
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