What a great bunch of people to learn about. Feels like we really got to know something important about each of them, they were so candid and clearspeaking, and despite everything they each had a twinkle in their eye: they’d really lived. Looking forward to visiting Guy at his corner one day soon and picking out some flowers to lay at The Memorial.
Yes, it is a disease that affects all sexually active people but the initial devastation certainly affected the gay community most of all, which explains some of the horrendous inactivity, and even hindering of research into effective treatments, by those who saw it as some kind of divine act. The tales told here are sometimes heart-wrenching and sometimes terrifying, but outlined with hope of where we are now.
Well done documentary piece about the aids crisis in a gay community in the us, tying with the before and the after. Very emotional in places. This comes after many pieces on the same subject but in spite of this this piece is really worth the watch, possibly as this is is one of the best made one with the most to the point data.
Deeply emotional and profound tribute to those who fell during those critical days when AIDS run rampant across SF told first-hand by those who were there and survived. Weissman captures a powerful moving portrait of loss and utter sadness that enlightens the lives of the living. It is not just a film about AIDS but above all the fragility of life and the burning power we all have to love and care for each other.
War takes many forms. Weissman and Weber delve into a generation consumed and lost on the battlefields of a health epidemic. I was too young to understand the happenings of that time, though I remember the nightly news stories. Decades later, I respond to these personal stories w/ a touch of incredulity that it happened in my lifetime. Touching and informative. (And I remember Guy the flower man from my SF years)!
I think the most profound thing that affected me while watching this documentary was the fact that I barely moved, noticing that it was hard to breathe at times. This incredibly sad yet powerfully uplifting story of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s is must-watch material for everybody, gay or straight, to truly understand the breadth of this illness and how it affected a select group of people. Incredible work.
Beautifully put together documentary on the impact that AIDS had in San Francisco gay community in the late 70s. Together with the TV Movie And The Band Played On, you get a pretty good picture of what really went on, how people cope with fear of the unknown, and how the human being has a marvellous capacity of surviving to grief and helping the other to do so.
A loving and heartbreaking documentary about how the AIDS epidemic impacted the gay community in San Francisco. The film's narrow focus on the lives of half a dozen or so interviewees yields a universal message of hope and compassion in the face of devastating tragedy.
Saw this at the Berlinale - it was really a moving piece, partially as a result of my personal life (born and raised in San Francisco, spent formative years volunteering at HIV-related community orgs), but also because of the impressive stories and images weaved together by Weissman. This film makes me sad through its study of life and death, but proud of my city and the community that survived these painful years.