The Harbor Cinemas gave the Muskegon Coalition for HIV Awareness the larger auditorium, with over three hundred seats. Only a midnight screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show has filled that large theater since the Harbor Cinemas reopened doors this fall. Despite plenty of social media support, the auditorium held twelve people. And that's okay. Last year, the coalition screened the World AIDS Day film to two people in an auditorium at Muskegon Community College. That's an increase.
Even though the film has been released to compact disc and all the download services, seeing the film in the context of the event heightened its salience. We gathered in the lobby and chatted about the struggles of the ACT UP and TAG communities between March 1987 until the arrival of combination therapy. As the film shared in the aftermath, two million people still die from AIDS and AIDS related disease yearly due to lack of access to combination therapy. The disease is still an uncontrolled scourge in the third world.
The work of awareness continues.
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Harbor Cinema Proves Relevance by Screening Films for Muskegon Coalition for HIV Awareness, the Scolnik Healing Center and Heartland Independent Film Forum.