The most gripping war movie you'll see this year, We Were Here tells first-hand the story of how AIDS attacked San Francisco, killing more than 15,000. Whole peer groups were happy, healthy, and then dead in months.
Despite the development of life-preserving drugs, the AIDS epidemic is sadly still very much in the world. This trenchant documentary reminds us of its roots in a terrifying time which was nonetheless marked by a singular, beautiful humanity.
Director David Weissman does everything you're generally not supposed to do in a documentary - we get talking heads, old news footage, and still photographs, and that's about it - but We Were Here is never less than riveting.