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Next of Kin

Virtual Q&A: 9/21 (Thu) 8PM EDT
Streaming available in the U.S. from 9/13 12:00 AM EDT - 9/21 11:59 PM EDT.

Next of Kin is part of Shorts: Family Tales program.

Directed by Timothy Guion Smith
USA | 2022 | Drama | 15 min

Stigma remains an ongoing issue for a Filipina former actor living with HIV alongside her gay son who was born positive, but tenderness and resiliency prevail.

Director's Statement

Twenty six years after the advent of lifesaving antiretroviral therapies, the seminal stories about HIV/AIDs still dwell overwhelmingly on the darkest and most acute phase of the pandemic. Although an HIV diagnosis had long ago ceased to be a death sentence, Hollywood seems almost reluctant to break new ground. We find in contemporary film and television few examples of work that reflects the social progress of the intervening quarter century while scrutinizing the persistence of HIV stigma as experienced in the 1980s - 1990s, in our era. Furthermore, the changing and diverse faces of the “poz undetectable” —those living with chronic and managed HIV—should also include depictions of poz women and children born with HIV, who are not merely surviving but thriving.

Fulfilling a promise I made to myself when I came out about my own HIV status to family, friends, and coworkers over social media, Next of Kin offers one story of what it means to be living with HIV in the early 2020s, and the Poz-phobic stigma that still pervades queer, trans, and straight spaces today.

Virtual Closing Night | Shorts: Family Tales Q&A

Date/Time: 9/21 (Thu) 8PM EDT
Location: Virtual on Zoom

Join us as we close the PrideFull Fest with a virtual live Q&A with filmmakers of Shorts: Family Tales program. Ticket and pass holders will receive a link to join the Zoom later via email. Read more.


Virtual Tickets
     Regular: $9.00 | Suggested: $18.00

Festival Pass
     PrideFull Pass (In-person & Virtual): $49.00
     Virtual Pass (Virtual only): $29.00

Buying the suggested-price level ticket helps us cover the costs and sustain PrideFull, a film festival by and for Queer and Trans People Of Color. Thank you!

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