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Frontline: The Age of AIDS (1983)

Will Lyman , Arun Rath , Brent E. Huffman , Katerina Monemvassitis  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Will Lyman, Arun Rath, Sarah Childress, Martin Smith, Peter Haydu
  • Directors: Brent E. Huffman, Katerina Monemvassitis
  • Producers: Katerina Monemvassitis, Marsha Bemko
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB75CE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frontline: The Age of AIDS" on IMDb

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Winner of a 2007 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for broadcast journalism, after more than two decades of stigma, research, and education, FRONTLINE presents the definitive chronicle of one of the worst pandemics ever known. Through interviews with researchers, activists, and patients, FRONTLINE investigates the science, politics and human cost of this disease, and asks: what has been learned, and what must be done to stop AIDS?

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
If you're looking for a comprehensive history of the AIDS epidemic covering the last 25 years, this would be an excellent place to start. This 2 part documentary covers 4 hours of material presented in a meticulous and sincere manner.

The first half of this program begins with a detailed timeline beginning in 1981 exploring the first AIDS cases diagnosed in America. What started as a purported homosexual disease quickly became a heterosexual disease and then splintered into intravenous drug user groups and eventually ended up threatening the national blood supply system. In this same year, a few European countries diagnosed new AIDS cases of their own and this was the early warning signs of the soon to be massive AIDS epidemic.

Medical research is explored next and it spotlights not only the discovery of the HIV virus in 1983 but looks at the many difficulties experienced by scientists as they try to combat and eradicate this deadly organism. The drug AZT, designed to assist in controlling the disease is touched on briefly but its overall impact later on was not as significant as once hoped.

Social, economical, and the often turbulent political elements of the AIDS crisis are examined in-depth for the latter half of this first installment. This was a very good idea considering all these factors have such a pivotal and influential impact on a global scale.

The second part of this documentary starts with an examination of AIDS spreading throughout the African continent at an alarming rate and then looks at how AIDS cases have pervaded Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, India, and China. The implications of this disease spreading throughout some of the world's most populous countries are scary enough in itself.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. June 19, 2006
By David W
I saw this on TV and I thought I'd learned all the stuff these documentaries usually have to say, but I only saw just the second half of it or so and it was fascinating, and I learned a lot of new things, even though I've already seen a few documentaries on AIDS at school, and I have read a lot about it.

This documentary was really interesting and really effective. It had lots of new information, and a really deep impact, and at the end of it, it ended just so powerfully that my sister and I just looked at each other, and both of us had tears in our eyes.

I really think everyone should see this documentary. It ties in science, socioeconomic stuff from around the world, talks about the US, and just... is really amazing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best documentary on the subject March 25, 2008
By Barbara
I have been involved in AIDS work in the US since the mid- 80's and I have seen many documentaries that attempt to do what this film does. It is quite simply the best documentary that I have ever seen, toally comprehensive and easy to follow. I have used it with adult students and would use it again and again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
FRONTLINE: THE AGE OF AIDS was a wonderful, absorbing, comprehensive documentary worldwide history of the spread of HIV/AIDS. It was made by Frontline for PBS (originally broadcast in June 2006).

I particularly recommend this for anyone born since the mid 70s. The generation age 30 and younger is living without a sense of history (that might contribute to saving their lives).

I was particularly inspired by an interview segment with Bono, who recounted a conversation he had with Senator Jesse Helms (who had been staunchly against federal funding for HIV/AIDS causes until this meeting with Bono).

I HIGHLY recommend it.
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