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VIDEO: "The Grove," a PBS documentary, looks at national memorial to those who died of AIDS

The award-winning documentary “The Grove” will come to PBS stations around the nation to help mark the observation of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

Thirty years after AIDS case were first diagnosed, more Americans have died from AIDS than in all U.S. wars since 1900, according to the filmmakers. More than 617,000 people with AIDS have died in the U.S. since 1981, according to the CDC.

War memorials are abundant is the nation’s capital, but few people know about the National AIDS Memorial Grove, a 7-acre sanctuary hidden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

“The Grove” takes an intimate look at the national memorial, which is a testament to lives lost at a time when the stigma of AIDS forced many Americans to grieve in stony silence. 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 and more provocative than they could have imagined. But the fight to remember takes an unexpected turn when stakeholders of the Grove seek broader public recognition through an international design competition, and a battle erupts about what constitutes an appropriate memorial to the AIDS epidemic, and what is the responsibility of a national memorial.

The filmmakers ask: Thirty years after the first diagnosed cases of AIDS, how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss?

In addition to the national broadcast on PBS, an interactive iOS application has been created to complement the film: “iMemorial” is a groundbreaking app that connects memorials to place and people. Cutting-edge mapping and augmented reality technologies link memorial tributes to "places where memories live." iMemorial will be available in the iTunes App Store in early December during World AIDS Awareness Month.

Co-presented by the Independent Television Service and KQED-TV in San Francisco, “The Grove” is produced by Sundance award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmakers Andy Abrahams Wilson (“Under Our Skin”) and Tom Shepard (“Scout’s Honor”).

“The Grove” was an official selection at Full Frame and Hot Springs documentary film festivals and was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

In San Diego, KPBS will show the film at 10 pm PT Monday, Nov. 28. Check your local listings for time and date.

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To support the National AIDS Memorial Grove, click HERE.


The Grove - Trailer from Open Eye Pictures on Vimeo.