Gail Farrow was a 27-year-old woman, the mother of four sons, who was living with and who died of AIDS in 1989. David Binder began this project in 1988 when, as a photojournalist, he first started photographing Gail, with whom he spent a year and half every day documenting her last year of life and her family’s adjustment to their lives without her.
David has continued documenting the family over the past 25 years. In “Calling My Children,” the most recent update, we see that twenty years after her death, Gail’s hopes for her family collide with the reality of their lives. This is a rare view of the bonds of family love that are both torn apart and endure through illness, loss and healing.
The documentary, “Calling My Children”, is screening at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma on December 10, in coordination with the historic exhibition Art AIDS America on display now at TAM (Tacoma Art Museum).