All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Directed by Laura Poitras
Country:
USA
Year:
2022

“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This is essential viewing – an unequivocal use of the documentary form as a means of urgent protest.” Little White Lies

Laura Poitras’ Golden Lion winning documentary chronicles the life and work of artist Nan Goldin.

Since the 1970s, Goldin has been an acclaimed photographer of NYC’s LGBT and new-wave communities. Following her own battles with addiction, she has devoted recent decades to activism - in particular efforts to address America’s opioid crisis.

The film follows her years-long efforts to hold the Sackler family - owners of OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma - to account. Poitras documents how Goldin and her fellow activists took their fight to the prestigious museums & galleries that accepted many millions of dollars in donations from the Sacklers.