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  • Actors: Don Adler, Richard Berkowitz, Susan Brown, Demetre Daskalakis, Richard Dworkin
  • Directors: Daryl Wein
  • Producers: Daryl Wein, David Oliver Cohen, Zoe Lister Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BV8I86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sex Positive" on IMDb

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"A fascinating look at a true unsung hero." –John Cameron Mitchell. After witnessing the devastating effects of the AIDS epidemic first hand, Richard Berkowitz, a gay hustler turned activist, demanded a solution. Now destitute and alone, Berkowitz tells his remarkable story of sex, death and betrayal in this hard-hitting and uncompromising documentary.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Canning on May 26, 2010
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The term "unsung hero" is one that is too often bandied about but in Richard Berkowitz's case he is the unsung hero for so many people across the world. This is the story of his determination to get the 1st safe sex message out there to community that was at war with an unknown disease and that was being ignored by a vicious government who did not believe these people mattered. The safe sex message is now out there, we have the tools to protect ourselves but in these early days the real challenge was to get the message out there, to make people believe that this was important to save lives! Richard's life is utterly fascinating and this is a brilliant documentary that really captures the times. I saw this at the 2009 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and it blew me away. A film for anyone who is interested in late 20th century history and a film for people who believe they can make a real difference in this life.
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The documentary is an excellent insight into the tensions that gay culture faced internally during the AIDS crisis. After coming from the sexual revolution, the film argues that Richard Berkowitz worked towards a way to help gay men continue their sex lives by using safe-sex practices, specifically condoms, without letting the disease (and the US Government's deadly indifference towards a plagues that was wiping out gay men) dictate further restraint on their sexual identities. The story is fascinating as it shows how much criticism Berkowitz received from his own community: concerning his emphasis on safe-sex and how they viewed his supposedly "promiscuous" background as a very sexually active gay man as discrediting his very noble cause. Adler's film critiques even important figures like Larry Kramer and other major gay rights activists and AIDS awareness crusaders, who, even after reflecting on what Berkowitz had done, reveal some hesitancy in affirming the heroic nature of Berkowitz's mission to not allow AIDS to destroy the self-confidence that was brought about through the sexual revolution. The film is extremely effective in that it shows that Berkowitz placed a very strong value on maintaining a positive attitude towards sex, and it also is a tragic story of a misunderstood individual who was trying to save lives and also help gay men feel that they still had future. While I don't deny that figures like Kramer are important, Berkowitz's complicated negotiation of the atmosphere during the early devastation of the AIDS crisis gives more depth to our understanding of the axiom "the personal is political.Read more ›
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