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All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is 100% a true Nan Goldin authentic piece of art. It is raw, inspiring, devastatingly honest, and a call to every human with a brain and a heart to fight for what is right. This is a documentary that braids the extensive collection of art that Nan has created and the extraordinary way she has used her name for good and demand change and for the humans we have lost to substance use disorder to never be forgotten. Nan tackles suicide, trauma, mental health, addiction, misogyny, power, control, and women in art... in a way that few have or could, in a way that is blunt, bold, respectful, with empathy, beauty, and style.
One of the most incredible and well-done documentaries I have seen.
We've known about the incredible activism around the removal of the Sackler name from institutions, but quickly realized that P.A.I.N.’s goals are much broader, including harm reduction efforts to address the opioid crisis, beyond just seeking accountability from the Sacklers. While the Sacklers have thus far avoided comprehensive legal accountability, in part by filing for bankruptcy after thousands of civil lawsuits are filed against their company in every state in the country, Goldin and P.A.I.N.’s public protests have effectively stripped them of their standing within the art circles. The world now knows who they're and what they've done. Today P.A.I.N. continues to advocate for the resources obtained from settlements with the Sacklers and other pharmaceutical companies to be used toward harm reduction and overdose prevention centers nationwide. The film wants to capture historical moments in time that build on one another to create a portrait of an artist as told through her work, which in itself is a direct reflection of her life in the face of the AIDS epidemic. The documentary follows political issues. Individuals who are leading an effort to fight for some notion of justice or accountability. It's about the inherent connection between the activism and the life and work of Goldin as one of the world’s preeminent photographers. The documentary also touch on the economic, social, and institutional parallels between the HIV/AIDS crisis and the current opioid crisis across the country and beyond. The wrong things are kept private in society, and that destroys people. Social crises do not exist in siloes. The only way we're going to be getting out of this crisis is by investing in evidence-based harm reduction and combating the drug war in a non-carceral way. Maybe it can chip away at the stigma of addiction. Written by Gregory Mann