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  • Follow the transformation of a neglected eyesore to a landscaped sanctuary and national memorial.

    Follow the transformation of a neglected eyesore to a landscaped sanctuary and national memorial.

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  • A mother describes how her son wrote a letter to God during his final days.

    A mother describes how her son wrote a letter to God during his final days.

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  • Friends gather at the memorial to say a prayer and offer remembrances.

    Friends gather at the memorial to say a prayer and offer remembrances.

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  • The meadow at the National AIDS Memorial

    The meadow at the National AIDS Memorial

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  • The Circle of Friends at the National AIDS Memorial

    The Circle of Friends at the National AIDS Memorial

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  • Mementos found at the National AIDS Memorial

    Mementos found at the National AIDS Memorial

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  • The National AIDS Memorial Grove

    The National AIDS Memorial Grove

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  • A workday at the National AIDS Memorial Grove

    A workday at the National AIDS Memorial Grove

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  • Jack's and Steven's names engraved in the Circle of Friends

    Jack's and Steven's names engraved in the Circle of Friends

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  • A memento found at the National AIDS Memorial

    A memento found at the National AIDS Memorial

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  • The National AIDS Memorial: A place to remember and heal

    The National AIDS Memorial: A place to remember and heal

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The Film

More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900. And the pandemic has killed 22 million people worldwide. But few know about the existence of the National AIDS Memorial, a seven-acre grove hidden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The Grove chronicles this garden’s transformation from a neglected eyesore to landscaped sanctuary to national memorial. The film shows how a community in crisis found healing and remembrance, and how the seeds of a few visionary environmentalists blossomed into something larger than they could have imagined. But as the Grove’s stakeholders seek broader public recognition through an international design competition, a battle erupts over what constitutes an appropriate memorial for the AIDS pandemic. What does it mean to be a national memorial? And how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss?

The Filmmakers

  1. Andy Abrahams WilsonProducer/Director
  2. Tom ShepardProducer