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We Were Here

  NR HD Closed Captioning

David Weissman

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Plot Summary

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An extraordinarily moving, beautifully edited documentary... – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Sep 8, 2011

Fresh: This clear-eyed and soulful documentary brings us inside the contagion in a way that is so intimate, so personal, you feel like you're hearing about these catastrophic events for the first time. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 15, 2011

Fresh: A simple, powerful act of bearing witness, We Were Here is a sober reminder of the not-too-distant past, when gays were focused not on honeymoon plans but on keeping people alive. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Sep 6, 2011

Fresh: Its vivid, no-nonsense style (in which interviews, period photographs, and news footage merge seamlessly) makes the past present. – Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Sep 19, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Painful to watch, vital to remember

As the younger generation celebrates increasing equality, they shouldn't forget the generation that won the early victories for civil rights and then had to fight simply to survive.

Arguably the best documentary of 2011

An incredibly well-crafted film. Pulls you in. Wisely chosen cast, skilled editing, good score. It's emotionally raw and intensely cathartic; yet it's anything but depressing. Was long-listed for an Academy Award, can't believe it wasn't a finalist.

Beautiful, sad and a powerful historical document

The very very rare thing - an oral history movie as Art, so well done that it moves and educates and perhaps changes your view.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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