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Pedro (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 April 2009 (USA)
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In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive gay man to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience of 'The Real World: San Francisco' identified easily with this intelligent, ... See full summary »

Director:

Nick Oceano

Writers:

Dustin Lance Black (screenplay), Paris Barclay (story) | 1 more credit »
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4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Loynaz ... Pedro Zamora
Justina Machado ... Mily
Hale Appleman ... Judd
DaJuan Johnson ... Sean Sasser
Jenn Liu ... Pam
Roy Sanchez Roy Sanchez ... Alex
Karolin Luna ... Rachel
Matt Barr ... Puck
Anibal O. Lleras ... Hector Zamora
Teresa Hernández Teresa Hernández ... Mrs. Zamora
Alexis Garcia Alexis Garcia ... George
Amy Lewis Amy Lewis ... Corey
Rafael Mondino ... Mohammed
Jorge Blanco Muñoz ... Jesus (as Jorge Blanco Cruz)
Leonardo Castro Leonardo Castro ... Hector Jr. (as Leonardo Striche)
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In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive gay man 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 immigration 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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Celebrity. Activist. Icon. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Trivia

Original cast members Pam Ling and Judd Winick (now married) have cameo appearance in the film with their baby. See more »

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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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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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The film of the true story that changed my opinion and perhaps my life
22 September 2009 | by jon.wardSee 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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1 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Puerto Rico See more »

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