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The true story of Pedro Zamora.

Celebrity. Activist. Icon.

In 1994, Bunim/Murray Productions made the ground-breaking decision to cast openly gay, HIV-positive Cuban-American Pedro Zamora as part of MTV s The Real World: San Francisco. Zamora s time in The Real World house on Lombard Street brought a face to the AIDS crisis; and U.S. President Bill Clinton credited Zamora with personalizing and humanizing those with the disease.

PEDRO celebrates the extraordinary life of Pedro Zamora; a young man who when he found out he was HIV positive at 17, made the courageous decision to dedicate the rest of his life to speaking out about his condition in an attempt to raise awareness about the disease in his community. His appearance on The Real World brought his story and his message to MTV s youthful audience and beyond; and when Zamora s health began to deteriorate in late 1994 (after he left the show), it became front page news nationwide, and his death at age 22 provoked a worldwide outpouring of grief. Stars Alex Loynaz and Justina Machado (Six Feet Under)

3 Episodes of THE REAL WORLD SAN FRANCISCO, featuring Pedro Zamora. Also, main feature is CC


To this day, Pedro Zamora remains an extraordinary example of what a huge impact one young person can make in our world. I m very glad to have known him, and I m grateful his life has been able to inspire and enrich so many others. President Bill Clinton

Some members of Congress are getting a sneak-peek screening that is how big Pedro Zamora was.
LA Times

It s hard to top Pedro Zamora. It was an incredible moment in time. Entertainment Weekly

Sincere . . .touching. Hollywood Reporter

He was one of the first people to use a reality show for a greater purpose. Miami Herald

Long time fans of The Real World will never forget Pedro Zamora. New York Post

It s Pedro s script that s most impressive. Toronto Film Fest

This touching biographical docudrama chronicles the extraordinary life of the man who helped humanize the disease and vowed to keep the cameras going every step of the way, no matter how bad it gets.
TV Guide
The film is anchored by the strong performances of Alex Loynaz as Pedro and Six Feet Under s Justina Machado as Mily. OUT Magazine --Wolfe

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  • Actors: Anibal Lleras, Justina Machado, Matt Barr, Jennifer Liu, Hale Appleman
  • Directors: Nick Oceano
  • 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: Unrated
  • Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024396V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pedro" on IMDb

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By James Hiller VINE VOICE on July 9, 2009
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This is a personal review. Back at the time the Real World: San Francisco premiered, I was just coming out. I was fascinated, absolutely fascinated, watching Pedro Zamora, a gay man living with AIDS, coping and educating others about his disease. It was nearly revolutionary. Here I sat, watching this man, who showed me there was absolutely nothing wrong with being gay. It's about time that for this wonderful movie, simply called "Pedro".

Scribed by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, "Pedro" tells the story of Zamora, both of his life and his involvement with MTV's Real World series. Cast in the third season as part of the San Francisco cast, Zamora gave America a face of a person living with AIDS, and would begin to change the way the country dealt with the crisis. The bulk of the movie is really about Pedro's life, his coming to America from Cuba, his coming out, his acceptance of his HIV status, to his role as activist and educator.

Alex Loynaz takes on the title role with sincerity and reverence. The opening scenes show Pedro's desire to get on the Real World to further advance his AIDS and HIV education. He's cast and thrown into the world of reality TV, which is set up immediately as more staged then one would think, pausing for tape reloads and setting up scenes of moving into the house. He befriends a "bed wetting liberal" Judd Winick (Hale Appleman), who's own personal struggle with Pedro's disease provides a way for everyone to grow along with him.

Fortunately, the film doesn't dwell too much in the Real World house, thereby denying Puck taking control of the movie as he did the show.
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The film PEDRO is a combination of documentary and cinematic drama, and as such it could have been an awkward pastiche, an attempt to honor the memory of a brave young man who courageously faced classrooms of children and many different public forums as a man living with HIV, offering the general public the opportunity to learn about the disease in hopes of preventing its spread. Instead what happens is this film as written by Dustin Lance Black after a story by Paris Barclay and as directed with sensitive taste by Nick Oceano is a completely satisfying drama that just happens to add film clips form the well-known life of Pedro Zamora to enhance the dignity of this story.

After a rather startling opening sequence the film begins in Cuba as families lined up to cross to America: among those families was the Zamora mother (Teresa Hernández), father (Anibal O. Lleras) and only three of their children, including young Pedro and Mily. They settle in Miami where Pedro grows up remembering his past in Cuba and concentrating on his world of fantasy with his beloved mother. Pedro matures to a teenager (Alex Loynaz), a handsome and affable young lad whose sexual preference is men. At the tender age of 17 he is found to be HIV positive and his sister Mily (Justina Machado) pledges to stay by his side through all of his trials. Pedro is encouraged by various people to come out about his situation and indeed he does, flying to San Francisco to be on the Real World reality show. There he makes friends with his fellow 'roommates' (especially Judd/ Hale Appleman and Pam/ Jenn Liu). On the show, in front of the public television audience he can be himself - a normal young guy who happens to have AIDS. He meets Sean Sasser (DaJuan Johnson) and they eventually marry on the television series.
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This is not a rehash of the best season of "The Real World." It's a made-for-TV movie, so it's not Oscar material. Still, it has a lot of merit. I would recommend this for multiple audiences.
To me, what was best is the diversity. How often do you see a white straight guy, his Asian girlfriend, a Black gay man, and an HIV-positive Latino on TV and treating each other as equals? The two couples show both similarities and differences between gays and straights. I wish more media works would be inclusive along race, gender, sexuality, and ability lines.
Again, there's not much Puck or "Real World" here. This focuses on the events before and after the series. At one point, then President Clinton calls Pedro to thank him. If that's what happened, then it's totally fair to include it. I just wonder if GOP viewers would deem this "liberal media bias."
How often does one get to see two gay men of color kissing on TV or DVD? This work was revolutionary, just as the series was. The series took place before all the new hysteria over "the down low." This film proves that not all gay men of color are closeted. There are gay men of color not ashamed to love men of color and not care if the majority disapproves.
Viewers who have had family members come out or have cared for terminally ill relatives may truly relate to this. The care that Pedro's sister gave to him was incredibly admirable. Both the real woman and the actress playing her must be applauded. The facts behind this work happened long before Massachusetts legalized gay marriage this decade. At the time that Pedro and Sean were exchanging rings, they would have had real marriage rights nowhere. Their commitment celebration took place in California, a state in which voters rejected gay marriage recently.
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