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When: Thu., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. 2013

It's a little hard to believe, looking back now, just how casually the government and the medical community treated the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s. People were dying by the tens of thousands as the federal government stood idle. Blood banks didn't take the syndrome seriously, and thousands more were infected by transfusion. The documentaryUntitled—by filmmakers Jim Hodges, Encke King and Carlos Marques da Cruz—traces the development of the crisis with archival footage and startling juxtaposed imagery. Sequences in the film swerve from kitschy pop-culture signifiers to chilling images of AIDS' swath of devastation. Maybe most eerie is Ronald Reagan's infamous televised address in which he suggests the cure for AIDS is a renewed focus on morality. The film screens in conjunction with the Ackland Art Museum exhibitionMore Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing Since the 1990s, which runs through March 31.—Glenn McDonald

Price: Free

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