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Presented By: Department of American Culture

Afterthought: Remembering a Pandemic

Film Screening and Q&A: “Afterthought” by Charlotte Juergens

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Over the past three years, COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than one million Americans. Nearly one-fifth of us knew someone among them. All of us have been impacted. In a culture that avoids talk of death and puts grief on a timeline, what does our mourning look
like? How will we manage the voids the pandemic has created? Currently in production, Afterthought: Remembering a Pandemic is a documentary feature about COVID memorials
and the people who build them. It centers on two projects: a community memorial in Detroit involving thousands of participants, and one artist’s personal memorial in New York commemorating the loss of a friend. In documenting these stories, “Afterthought”
memorializes individuals lost and communities changed by the pandemic and asks universal questions about shared trauma, memory, and healing. Join the filmmakers for a free screening of clips from the film-in-progress, followed by conversation.

September 29, 6pm
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium
Co-sponsored by Arts Initiative, UMMA, American Culture, Latina/o Studies, the Department of
Film, Television and Media & the Museum Studies Program

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