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We Were Here
 
Documentary
90 minutes
2011
Director(s): David Weissman
USA
Thu 6:30 pm Varsity 5 RUSH
Fri 10:00 am Varsity 5 RUSH
Sat 3:30 pm Varsity 5 RUSH
Sun 10:00 am Varsity 5 RUSH
Mon 9:30 pm Varsity 5 RUSH
Synopsis

In the 1980s San Francisco's flourishing gay community was hit with the unimaginable disaster of AIDS. From their different vantage points as caregivers, activists, researchers, friends and lovers of the afflicted, and as people with AIDS themselves, the interviewees share stories which are not only intensely personal, but which also illuminate the much larger themes of that era: the political and sexual complexities, the terrible emotional toll, the role of women in caring for and fighting for their gay brothers. The city's compassionate, multifaceted, and creative response to AIDS became known as "The San Francisco Model" - still the standard to aspire to in the way of medical care, social services, and community support. Though a San Francisco-based story, the film extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination. [adult content]

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