Museum of American History Explores the History of AIDS with Documentary Film Screening, Special Displays

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is hosting the AIDS 2012 Film Festival July 25 and 28. The museum has set up two special displays, one showing several panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the other showing historical objects and archival materials documenting 30 years of HIV and AIDS, coinciding with the 2012 International AIDS Conference.

The AIDS 2012 Film Festival features four documentaries focusing on the impact of HIV and AIDS and the experiences of those affected by the epidemic. The festival kicks off July 25 at 6 p.m. with a screening of The Other City: AIDS in D.C. (2010, 90 min.), a film by Susan Koch with an introduction by business woman and philanthropist Sheila Johnson, who produced the documentary. Screenings of three films follow July 28 beginning at Noon: We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco (2011, 90 min.), directed by David Weissman; No Regrets (1992, 81 min.), by Marlon T. Riggs; and Summer in My Veins (1999, 40 min.), an autobiographical film by Nish Saran. Admission is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for the screenings in the museum’s Warner Bros. Theater near the Constitution Avenue entrance on the first floor.

The National Museum of American History preserves American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Visitor information is available at or by calling (202) 633-1000.

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