At the age of 63, retired food-service worker Ruth Brinker became a pioneer of HIV care in her community at the moment when the AIDS epidemic hit San Francisco the hardest. Brinker's work led to the creation of Project Open Hand, which once again joined the frontlines of a crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. premiere

A Q&A with director, writer, and producer Apo W. Bazidi immediately follows the screening. Followed by the documentary feature The Quiet Epidemic.

About the director
Apo W. Bazidi is an award-winning filmmaker who has been interested in storytelling and writing since he was a child. His films are primarily concerned with social issues and the importance of global cultural interactions; his film Resistance Is Life won eight festival awards for best documentary feature.

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Apo W. Bazidi, Goran Zaneti
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