Magazine article New Internationalist

We Were Here

Magazine article New Internationalist

We Were Here

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We were here

directed by Bill Weissman and David Weber [90 minutes)

This is an immensely powerful, compassionate and inspiring documentary centred around five people's recollections of the AIDS epidemic that emerged in San Francisco in the early 1980s. With well-placed photographs and news clips, we get a well-rounded, unselfconscious and frank account of caring, solidarity, political campaigning and victories, medical trials, a transformation in American social attitudes, and, although 16,000 died, successful treatment and survival.

There are many harrowing moments. Photographs of Kaposi's sarcoma appear in a chemist's window before anyone knows what it is. A nurse talks about removing eyes for research into viral-caused blindness But she also talks about the immense contribution from lesbian women in a society without universal healthcare. …

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