Patt Morrison for September 22, 2011

“We Were Here”

A woman lights a candle placed on a symbolic red ribbon in remembrance of individuals who lost their lives to AIDS on May 15, 2011.

The documentary “We Were Here” tracks the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic in the Castro district (the gay Mecca) of San Francisco that began in the mid-1970s. The film follows the personal and emotionally compelling stories of some of the people who lived through tumultuous time. We watch as they express the pain of loss and the confusion surrounding the disease, which was initially referred to as the “gay cancer.”

Through the pain, and the “avalanche of death” the gay community came together with love and compassion while at the same time mounting a fierce political battle to keep AIDS infected patients from being stigmatized and even quarantined.

The relentless struggle to find a cure and the grace with which the community dealt with the disease became known as “The San Francisco Model.” “We Were Here” received a perfect 100 score on Rotten Tomatoes and is the highest rated movie on Metacritic.

Patt talks to the filmmaker about his highly praised film and checks in on the status of HIV/AIDS research.

Guest:

David Weissman, director and producer of the documentary “We Were Here”


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