We Were Here (2011)

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We Were Here documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. It offers a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through, and responded to, the onset of AIDS. It opens a window of understanding to those who have only the vaguest notions of what transpired in those years. It provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services, and community support. -- (C) Official Site
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Documentary
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Critic Reviews for We Were Here

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
L.A. Weekly
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[A] sober, devastating film about how we all - and some more than others - have to deal with the most unexpected horrors in our lives.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
Time Out
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There's something profoundly inspirational about this portrait of a community coming together to battle prejudice and disease.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Seattle Times
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"We Were Here" pays eloquent homage to men and women who deserve to be celebrated and remembered as heroes.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Globe and Mail
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It is both a testament to the fallen and a series of life lessons from five brave survivors, lessons about finding the best in ourselves in the worst of times.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for We Were Here

An important and engaging documentary about the unimaginable horrors of the early years of AIDS. Although I had head some of this before from older friends, it provided a much better, more complete account of a harrowing time. It is easy to forget the pain and fears of others, or just to know them in a detached academic way. We should never forget that an entire community dying was reality for some people.

Christian C
Christian C

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Jarring and upsetting, We Were Here is an incredibly IMPORTANT documentary, worthy.of being shown in schools. It shows that HIV/AIDS is not some distant illness, but it has a face. It shows how in a time of absolute and intense crisis, more people than not, become heroes.

Zach Torgerson
Zach Torgerson

WE WERE HERE is a wonderful testament to what everyday people can achieve when their government, social programs, and medical establishment fail them. CONTAGION makes us believe the govt will step up and save us but anyone who lived through the peak of the AIDS crisis knows just how poorly the govt and most citizens behaved. Instead of fighting for a cure, bigotry and hatred reigned. WE WERE HERE shows us how a city, San Francisco, and it's citizens stood up and supported the ill in the most quotidian and extraordinary way. It may not be a great doc but it is a must-see that shows the sad reality and the amazing human spirit without pandering or sentimentality. Watch Weissman's THE COCKETTES, then TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, then WE WERE HERE and you will get an in-depth history of San Fran during a tumultuous time, the 60s-90s, that made San Fran great!

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

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