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Reflections from El Acompañante Film Screening

Yesterday I had the honor of moderating an intimate panel conversation with local community leaders and HIV advocates following a special screening of the critically acclaimed award-winning film El Acompañante, starring Yotuel Romero & Armando Miguel and directed by Pavel Giroud.

El Acompañante is set in 1988 Cuba as the government dispatched HIV patients to AIDS centers under military rule. The narrates the friendship between Horacio Romero (Armando Miguel), a Cuban boxing champion that fails a drug test and must serve as a “companion” (an euphemism for warden) of Daniel (Yotuel Romero), a conflictive patient.

We had encouraged individuals to make a monetary donation or to bring supplies that will support relief efforts in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. All proceeds will go to benefit the work of CASA - Coordinadora de Apoyo, Solidaridad y Ayuda, a local coalition of Latinx organizations working to provide immediate assistance to the victims of these natural disasters.

This program is part of an ongoing series sponsored by QLatinx and the Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign.

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