New documentary spreads message of unconditional love

On the heels of National Coming Out Day, a new documentary will premiere that celebrates the love and lives of those lost in the decades-long AIDS epidemic and demonstrates the power of a mother’s love.

The documentary, “Echoes of Enduring Love,” features the story of Mark Goldstaub, one of the founding members of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and his partner Edmund Wojcik. It also illustrates the journey of Mark’s mother from acceptance to activism. The film grew out of an archival exhibit titled “Threads of Life, Love, and Loss: An HIV/AIDS Story,” which includes garments, accessories, documents, ephemera and film from the collection of Sylvia Goldstaub, Mark’s mother, who died in 2017. Other pieces on display come from the Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection, the National AIDS Memorial and friends and families of Goldstaub and his partner.

The documentary debuts at 5:45 p.m. today in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Room G151, and will be followed by a Q&A panel with participants from the film. A reception in the Human Ecology Commons will precede the screening at 5 p.m.

Read the full story on the College of Human Ecology website.

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In an image from the exhibit, Mark Goldstaub and Edmund Wojcik pose for an impromptu photo on a New York City sidewalk. The leather jacket in the image is on display as part of the exhibit.