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The Other City (2010)



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As the capitol of the most powerful nation on Earth, Washington D.C. is a city dominated by wealth and political influence, but when you move past the Beltway and haunts dominated by the Federal Government and those who serve it, a very different town emerges. The significant majority of Washington D.C.'s permanent residents are African-American and Latino, a large number are gay, and poverty, drug abuse and inadequate housing are all issues the city has struggled with for years. Since the early 1980s, D.C. has also dealt with another crisis, AIDS -- at least three percent of the city's population is HIV Positive, and some have estimated that as much as seven percent may carry the virus. Filmmaker Susan Koch explores the impact of the AIDS crisis in Washington D.C. in the documentary The Other City, which offers a penetrating glimpse into the Washington D.C. tourists rarely see as well as the people who are living with the disease, survivors dealing with their loss (some of whom are also HIV Positive) and those working to make a difference through education and needle exchange programs. The Other City was an official selection at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for The Other City

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

All these individuals and organizations are deeply affecting in their attempt to better themselves and society against daunting odds.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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The Other City takes a hidden, invisible Washington and shows us its face.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Washington Post
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Its personal, newsmagazine touch will make your heart ache for its cross-section of humanity.

September 17, 2010
New York Post
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The most effective voices belong to those with H.I.V., all evincing a visceral sense of mission.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
New York Times
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[An] absorbing, alarming investigation into the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation's capital.

Full Review… | September 14, 2010
Village Voice
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A fascinating and damning glimpse inside a parallel universe that exists right in the heart of our nation's capital.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Other City


A very good look at the people on the ground dealing with the HIV/AIDS crisis in Washington, DC. It succeeds the most on an emotional level, but the film gives us little in the way of concrete facts that would allow the film to give its message greater weight.

Will Hoffman
Will Hoffman

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