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A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.
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Credited cast:
Ed Wolf ...
Himself (as Ed) (as Ed Wolf)
Daniel Goldstein ...
Himself (as Daniel) (as Daniel Goldstein)
Guy Clark ...
Himself (as Guy) (as Guy Clark)
Eileen Glutzer ...
Herself (as Eileen) (as Eileen Glutzer)
Bobbi Campbell ...
Himself (archive footage)
Mervyn Silverman ...
Himself - S.F. Health Director (archive footage) (as Dr. Mervyn Silverman)
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Himself - The Moral Majority (archive footage) (as Rev. Jerry Falwell)
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Himself (archive footage)
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Paul Boneberg ...
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'We Were Here' is the first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco, and how the City's inhabitants dealt with that unprecedented calamity. It explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all - the parallel histories of suffering and loss, and of community coalescence and empowerment. Though this is a San Francisco based story, the issues it addresses extend not only beyond San Francisco but also beyond AIDS itself. 'We Were Here' speaks to our societal relationship to death and illness, our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and the importance of community in addressing unimaginable crises. Written by Anonymous

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The AIDS Years in San Francisco


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Bobbi Campbell was known as the first person to publicly admit being infected with AIDS, although at that time, it was being referred to as the "mysterious gay cancer". See more »

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Between 1994 and 1997, the number of yearly AIDS deaths in San Francisco declined from 1592 to 422.

By that point, 15,548 San Franciscans had died in the epidemic. See more »

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Referenced in Listen Up Philip (2014) See more »

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7 February 2012 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This is a really fine piece of work.

The BBC screened it on BBC4 in Febrary 2012 and made it available via i-Player also.

Anyone who lived in the Bay Area during the eighties will be moved, informed and educated by this documentary. As a young gay geek in San Francisco in those years, I was overwhelmed by the deaths and suffering I saw and often could not make sense of it. This documentary really helps.

The tales of the attacks on civil liberties by the bigots, and the personal tales were emotive and powerful.

Now I salute those survivors and hope their stories will stimulate others in future onslaughts.


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