Bumming Cigarettes

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More than 600,000 Americans have died of AIDS since the first case was diagnosed in 1981, more than all the U.S. combat deaths since the beginning of World War I. There are an estimated 30,000 people living with HIV in the greater Philadelphia area alone, and while awareness of HIV/AIDS has risen, there’s still no cure. In spite of fundraising walks and clinic outreach programs, very few HIV-positive Americans have their personal stories told with accurate representation or the dignity and respect they deserve.

In her award-winning Bumming Cigarettes, local screenwriter-director Tiona McClodden tells the story of Vee, a young lesbian who, in the aftermath of a bad breakup, decides to get tested for HIV/AIDS. While waiting for the results, she asks Jimmy, a middle-aged, HIV-positive gay man, for a cigarette. What ensues afterwards is a surprisingly intimate exchange between the two, giving audiences an opportunity to look past the cultural stigma surrounding those living with the virus and, instead, focus on their shared humanity.

Bumming Cigarettes is McClodden’s first short narrative fiction film, though not her first time in the director’s chair. Her previous work, Black./Womyn.:Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival—now QFest—in 2008, and she’ll be previewing clips from her new feature-length documentary The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project. Post-screening, McClodden will be on hand for a Q&A with the event’s attendees. // KENNEDY ALLEN

5pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org
 

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WHEN
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Price: Unknown

WHERE
4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 04/13/2014. .

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The Rotunda

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