Staff Writer cityXtra Magazine, www.cityXtraMagazine.com
In the powerful short Ribbons, a young Portuguese boy joins his mother at a beachside memorial service in Provincetown to honor those lost to the AIDS epidemic. Although it’s a painful reminder of the loss we’ve suffered, it illustrates the inspiring bond forged between those who remain.
Filmmaker Brandon Cordeiro, who grew up in Provincetown, says Ribbons was based on his own experience attending an AIDS memorial when he was just 8-years-old. The event not only educated him about the LGBT community and its struggle but helped shape his perception of his own sexuality.
“We can never underestimate the importance of memorializing those who came before us,” he told LOGO. “Acknowledging their fight and giving them their deserved place in history.”
Cordeiro hopes the film inspires viewers to seek out older queer people and start conversations about the sacrifices they made for each other and for us.
“We must shine a light on LGBTQ stories in every way we can and celebrate those who fought to get us where we are today, lest we forget, it was and still is a fight.”
On December 1, World AIDS Day, visit Logo’s Facebook page at 12pm for a special Facebook Live with members of the LGBT community impacted by HIV/AIDS.