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.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is a vital piece of documentary filmmaking: a portrait of an extraordinary artist and an urgent rallying cry for justice.
Festivals & awards
Golden Lion - Venice Film Festival, 2022
Best Documentary - Athens Film Festival, 2022
Director: Laura Poitras
Featuring: Nan Goldin
‘Poitras is able to channel so much, so movingly, from Goldin, unifying the personal and the political in a kind of communion’Sight & Sound
‘A portrait of the artist, through her images and her words, and an intimate look at grassroots political action.’The Hollywood Reporter