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Feb 6, 7:00 PM: Film and AIDS: A Virus Knows No Morals

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Mondays at Doc Films Film and AIDS: Early Queer Responses to the AIDS Epidemic Programmed by Daniel Schultz and Alex Wolfson Drawing from a range of directors, this series surveys a diversity of aesthetic reactions to the AIDS epidemic, from queer revolt to Hollywood recuperation. The films negotiate the somatic and psychic pressures of the illness by contesting the moral, racial, sexual, and gendered discourses that surround its experience, presenting film as a site of both political intervention and stylistic experimentation. Films include Gregg Araki's The Living End, Derek Jarman's Blue, and Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia. This series was supported by The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago. 2/6/2017 @ 7:00 PM A Virus Knows No Morals (Rosa von Praunheim, 1986) · Made on a shoestring budget, this dark, campy comedy, performed by unprofessional actors, activists, friends of the director, as well as Rosa himself, was controversial for treating the AIDS crises in comedic form. A Virus Knows No Morals took shots in all directions, at the various institutions responsible—medical, governmental, social—for the exponentially growing body count. An important, irreverent, and entertaining early document in the fight against AIDS. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive runtime: 84m format: 16mm

Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

See:http://docfilms.uchicago.edu/dev/calendar/2017/winter/mondays.shtml

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