Oakland-based Brontez Purnell draws from a mash-up of comedic styles that’s one part In Living Color, two parts Chappelle Show and one part Golden Girls. The result is brilliant satire influence by a distinctly gender fluid, Queer positive and Black perspective. Check out his short film for the Visual AIDS project, The 100 Boyfriends Mixtape (The Demo).
Kiyoshi Kuromiya’s voice of resistance was part of a collective cry vocalized by radical queer, trans and gender non conforming people of color who battled imperialism, racism, the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, and the prison industrial complex For the last 40 years. His life is a testament to queer and/or trans of color peoples’ participation in the civil rights, black power, New Left, queer and AIDS activist social movements and history. This spirit, and legacy, of queer people of color’s resistance and resilience remains vital and relevant.
The compelling documentary How to Survive a Plague, directed by David France, explores how activism helped alter public opinion and empower people diagnosed with HIV during the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Using archival footage of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP ) and the Treatment Action Group (TAG), David France excellently captures the stirring losses, achievements and solemn victories of the movement while reflecting on a journey in which too many lives were lost to the disease. The film is a testament to the power of people organizing and emphasizes that organizing – coupled with knowledge – has the ability to create meaningful change. How to Survive a Plague is an inspiring and important film as it gives ordinary people who have an interest in a cause but fearful or uninformed the courage to organize. Successful organizing doesn’t necessarily require an extensive knowledge base but rather change is determined by people with a passion for revolution.