CENTREPIECE DOCUMENTARY: We Were Here
2011 marks 30 years since AIDS descended on the world; WE WERE HERE (an official selection of the 2011 Sundance and Berlinale Film Festivals) documents what was called the “Gay Plague” as it hit San Francisco in the early 1980s. Focusing on five survivors of the epidemic and their gripping personal recollections of the ordeal, the history of this tragic time becomes an inspiring tale of empowerment as the community came together to face a threat that was initially ignored by the government. Award-winning director David Weissman (THE COCKETTES) brings a unique personal understanding to this time, having lived through it himself. Meaningful and memorable, this journey through incredible suffering and loss ultimately becomes a story of compassion, support, and hope.
“Of all the cinematic explorations of the AIDS crisis, not one is more heartbreaking and inspiring than "WE WERE HERE," a quiet, elegiac documentary about the response to the epidemic in San Francisco... Shattering…” Stephen Holden, New York Times
“Uplifting…clear-eyed, soulful.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“…Absolutely electrifying.” Armistead Maupin
“A monumental story…No one would believe it if it wasn't true." Todd Haynes
“Deeply affecting…” Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
“It’s fu*king perfect.” Cleve Jones, founder AIDS Memorial Quilt