In “Ribbons,” Honoring The Victims Of AIDS Bridges The Generational Gap

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In the powerful short Ribbons, a young Portuguese boy joins his mother at a beachside memorial service in Provincetown to honor those lost to the AIDS epidemic. Although it’s a painful reminder of the loss we’ve suffered, it illustrates the inspiring bond forged between those who remain.


Filmmaker Brandon Cordeiro, who grew up in Provincetown, says Ribbons was based on his own experience attending an AIDS memorial when he was just 8-years-old. The event not only educated him about the LGBT community and its struggle but helped shape his perception of his own sexuality.

“We can never underestimate the importance of memorializing those who came before us,” he tells NewNowNext. “Acknowledging their fight and giving them their deserved place in history.”

Cordeiro hopes the film inspires viewers to seek out older queer people and start conversations about the sacrifices they made for each other and for us.

“We must shine a light on LGBTQ stories in every way we can and celebrate those who fought to get us where we are today, lest we forget, it was and still is a fight.”

On December 1, World AIDS Day, visit Logo’s Facebook page at 12pm for a special Facebook Live with members of the LGBT community impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.