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David Weissman s critically-acclaimed 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominee, WE WERE HERE is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the City s inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, WE WERE HERE 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.
Offering an intensely personal account of five individuals whose lives were forever transformed by the tragedy of AIDS, WE WERE HERE offers a hauntingly beautiful tribute to an era of tremendous suffering, loss and resilience.
- Filmmaker Interview
- HIV PSAs from 1990s
- Theatrical Trailer
It s impossible for a single film to capture the devastation wrought by AIDS, or the heroism with which many in the LGBT community responded to it. But director David Weissman s documentary is such a powerful achievement because he just about does it. --LA Weekly
WE WERE HERE revisits the voices of a lost generation, and is a film that shook this young gay reviewer to the core, leaving a strengthened sense of historical rootedness and pride in my community that will stay with me for the rest of my life. --TheWrap.com
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"We Were Here" tells the story of five individuals who experienced the horrors first hand. There is a nurse who dedicated her life to her patients and was a trailblazer in the arena of research, a flower seller who gives accounts of the visible devastation, an outcast who became an essential caregiver, an artist who suffered great personal loss, and an individual that would become a leading advocate in political and social forums. While it is an interesting and diverse cross section, make no mistake--they are all telling the same story. And as horrifying and as unpleasant as it is, it is also a tale of perseverance, support, and ultimately hope. Ordinary citizens had the chance to be heroes, even in the smallest of ways, and the film never forgets these individual contributions as huge milestones in an ongoing epidemic.
The film, itself, is solidly constructed. The five interviewees alternate within the presentation and the use of archival footage, photographs, and news stories help define the climate of a city in turmoil.Read more ›
I was privileged to attend an early screening of 'We Were Here' in San Francisco. I don't think there was a dry eye in the audience by the end of the film. Following a few of those who were at the heart of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, the documentary captures the times - the devastating hardship and loss, the buoyant compassion and community. The stories that come from these interviews span decades and tells of neighbors, friends, families that loved, died and fought hard together. It's a rare thing that a documentary can make you weep in both sadness and joy.
As a gay man, I find the legacy of these stories to be vital for LGBT history and in honoring the many, far too many, who have been lost to AIDS. 'We Were Here' puts faces and real, hard facts to the many abstractions that can exist in what we often construe as history. I cannot more highly recommend this film - we have all been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, whether you know it or not, and you should watch this film to more fully understand how.
Thank you everybody who worked on this film.
The interviews highlight the stories of four men and one woman who had to go through what no one should have to go through, especially at such a young age. Their stories are so poignant I cried--and I never cry! We meet a florist who was horrified to see people he knew "dropping like flies;" and we hear him talk about how he donated flowers at no charge so that countless people could have a decent funeral and burial service--people who had been rejected by their biological families could at least die with dignity at their funerals. Another man discusses how he lost more than one lover to AIDS; he becomes quite emotional during the interview and I felt so badly for him. He's a tough survivor living with HIV himself.Read more ›
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historically informative; hopefully people living with AIDS; points out social impact of changes in medicine and treatmentPublished 2 months ago by David Luna
We Were Here, is (I believe) the first documentary to take a deep look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PreparedMomma
One of the most tragic yet beautifully told documentaries I've ever seen.Published 4 months ago by Mark Mason
Good to look back and remember what extreme panic and prejudice we faced as a subculture. Now that we've gone mainstream and being gay is not a big deal this film is a must see for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth Bowman
As a nearly 50 year old man, I've watched this documentary many, many times.
I don't think it could possibly be any more perfect than it is.
Happy. Sad. Mixed emotions. Read more