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Hallwalls screens passionate documentary about AIDS crisis

With World AIDS Day recently held on Dec. 1, the time is right for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s presentation of the somber, passionate, and vitally important documentary “Let the Record Show.”

The location is right, too, as Hallwalls has long been a bastion for art that documents and questions (semi) recent American history. The film screens at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5.

The unfathomable silence that surrounded the AIDS crisis in its early days is brought to vivid life from mother-daughter filmmakers Demetrea Dewald and Rebekah Dewald. With archival film and video, interviews with New Yorkers who lived through this often-ignored time period, and rage-inducing details regarding the lack of response from the Reagan administration and so many others, “Let the Record Show” is a stunning, stirring documentary.

The screening will feature a panel discussion with the filmmaking team, former Hallwalls Performance Curator Ron Ehmke, and Visual AIDS founder Patrick O'Connell. UB Visual Studies professor Jasmina Tumbas will moderate.

Tickets are $8 general, $6 for students and seniors, and $5 for members. Visit for more information or to watch a trailer for the film.


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