The Cinema Museum, London

The VITO Project & The Food Chain present Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

Wed 28 Nov 2018 @ 19:00 · Events

Common Threads: Stories from the QuiltThe VITO Project is delighted to be teaming up with The Food Chain to present a special screening of Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, a 1989 documentary film that tells the story of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

The event is part of the ENDAIDS2030 festival, marking the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which also coincides with The Food Chain 30 years anniversary. The screening will be introduced by Siobhán Lanigan, the Food Chain Chief Executive Officer and followed by an open discussion, featuring Siobhán and Mark Santos, CEO Positive East, who are both members of the UK AIDS Quilt Partnership, along with Quilt panel makers Gill Brigg and Josef Muller.

There will be a full-size quilt on display, and it will be the one that contains the panel that Josef Muller (who is one of our post-screening speaker) made for his friend Otmar.

A small charity with a huge heart, the Food Chain has been providing vital food and nutrition support services for the most vulnerable and marginalised people living with HIV in London, since Christmas day 1988. At the time of referral to the Food Chain, the people they work with are in crisis, often with little or no food at home, low or no income, and grappling with a complex range of health and social care issues arising from their HIV status.

The Food Chain is also one of the conservation partners of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt and a full-size panel of the Memorial Quilt will exceptionally be on display in the Cinema Museum auditorium for this event.

The screening will act as a fundraiser for the Food Chain and they will be selling red ribbons on the night.

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Doors to the cafe/bar will open at 18.00 for a 19.00 screening. Come early to secure a seat as it can get very busy and we do not take bookings. The doors to the Cinema will be shut once capacity is reached.


This is a free event but we will need your donations on the night to cover the costs associated with running the event and raise money for the Food Chain. A minimum £5 donation is suggested but please give generously if you are able to.

Find out more about the VITO Project on their website.

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt