In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive homosexual to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience of 'The Real World: San Francisco' identified easily with this intelligent, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pedro Zamora
Sean Sasser
Roy Sanchez ...
Hector Zamora
Teresa Hernández ...
Mrs. Zamora
Alexis Garcia ...
Amy Lewis ...
Rafael Mondino ...
Jesus (as Jorge Blanco Cruz)
Leonardo Castro ...
Hector Jr. (as Leonardo Striche)


In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive homosexual to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience of 'The Real World: San Francisco' identified easily with this intelligent, good-looking Latino. His presence on the show also meant that audiences in the United States and abroad had to engage with the topic of AIDS. A screen adaptation of Pedro Zamora's life: his childhood in Havana as the youngest of eight children, his emigration to the United States, his hard work as an AIDS activist, his appearance on 'The Real World' as well as the short time that was left to him subsequently. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Filmed in 18 days in Puerto Rico and a few days in San Francisco. See more »


At one point, a doctor asks Pedro what age he is, to which he replies "23". The doctor says this is correct, but in reality, Pedro died when he was 22 years old. See more »


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The film of the true story that changed my opinion and perhaps my life
22 September 2009 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

15 years ago remember watching an MTV TV show that changed my perceptions what was then something that had little known about it. It would almost certainly kill you.

At the end of the last episode in the house a group of young people watch as Pedro exchanging rings with his boyfriend Sean in front of the smiling house members, (voice of Pedro) "Um…. It is a lot easier for me to face my own fears and to face the uncertainty of my own life humm… Knowing that he is there: So I love you.

Text on the screen as broadcast: 'Pedro passed away on November 11th, 1994, the night the last episode of The Real World San Francisco was televised.' 'Since the epidemic began 33 million people worldwide have died from AIDS' I remembered watching this and crying when it was first broadcast.

I cried tonight.

Then I remembering Pedro discovering he is HIV+ and is and is in despair and lost…. He goes to watch Schindler's List on the cinema and he realises it doesn't matter if he dies or not – Only that he stands up and makes a difference.

Pedro isn't the last beautiful person I have met in my life but because of people like him (some of whom I am lucky to call friends) I know more than I did but more importantly…. I think they have made me a better person. (Yes that needs work too).

'Each year 2.5 million people are newly infected'.

Tonight I watched a film of this story and was reminded how one brave young man's struggle changed my mind forever.

I remembered Pedro and smiled.

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