Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Grove

More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900. But few know of the existence of the national AIDS memorial, a seven-acre grove and sanctuary hidden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The Grove shows how one community responded to its overwhelming grief, and how the seeds of a few visionaries blossomed into something larger and more provocative than they could have imagined. How do we mark a time of unimaginable loss? And what does it mean to be a national memorial? 

Produced and directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson, this 2012 Official Selection won Best Documentary Feature honors at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The Independent Weekly calls The Grove, "A heartrending work that provokes questions about the narrative of history and the intentions of memorials." Watch the trailer for this moving documentary here: