Stashu Kybartas

1987, 20:00 minutes, colour, English


A personal documentary about Danny, a young man who has AIDS. This powerful work explores the reason for Danny's return home and his attempts to reconcile his relationship with his parents. The work's formal elements create a dream-like impression, where the past and present blur. Grainy home movies are intercut with photos of Danny's dramatically altered body, video image processing, strains of dance music and the video-maker's understated voice-over - all to strong effect.

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Critical Writing

Documents and Counter-Documents: AIDS Activist Video at the Crossroads
by Cynthia Chris. Afterimage, Nov. 1994, v. 22, no. 4.
AIDS Media: Counter-Representations
by Lucinda Furlong. New American Film and Video Series, 1989. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1989.
Document & Dream
by Dan Walworth.
Film and Video: Something to Say
by Chuck Kleinhans. Dialogue: An Art Journal, July 1988, v. 11, no. 4.
by Joseph Lanz. New York Native, Apr. 25, 1988, no. 262.
Home video winners
by Jefferson Graham. USA Today, May 2, 1988.
Chicagoan Wins First Place Award in Video Contest
Chicago Tribune, July 22, 1988, no. 204.
Angry Initiatives/Defiant Strategies
Deep Dish TV, Mar. 1 Spring, 1988.
Documentary Against the Grain
by Edward Ball. Afterimage, Summer 1988, v. 16, no. 1.
by John Greyson. The Independent, Mar. 1988, v. 11, no. 2.
AIDS Media: Counter-Representations
by Lucinda Furlong. The New American Film and Video Series - Whitney Museum of American Art, Jan..