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We Were Here [DVD]

Marsha Kahm , David Weissman    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Marsha Kahm, David Weissman
  • Producers: Bill Weber
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005YYAYUI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,639 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An edifying must-see that has received accolades at film festivals the world over, 'We Were Here' is the first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of a definitive chapter in a city s queer history. It explores how the inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, a calamitous epidemic.

Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination.

In the face of adversity they stood strong and united.

This is their story.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars should be seen by all 5 Jan 2012
By cartoon
Format:DVD
excellent thoughtful and moving doc . Watched this over christmas and felt very humble . Not always easy to watch at times , but then why should it be . it is so easy to forget and take life for granted.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HUMBLED 26 Dec 2011
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So much exists around the outbreak of the AIDS crisis, but nothing as humbling or powerful as this documentary. I found myself incredibly moved by it and thankful for these brave people. Don't hesitate to watch this true heritage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see 3 Feb 2012
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I know what I think I know about early gay liberation, the development of gay culture and community in NYC and SF and the crises that was AIDS; but this made me think again.This is a remarkable and must see story of a time, made all the more real by the commentary throughout of individuals who were there, lived it, responded to the shocking changes in their personal lives and community, and made a huge difference in their own way which carries on to this day as a testament to their courage and integrity. As a gay man , closely involved with my own Lgb@t community in N Ireland, I found myself deeply struck by the feeling that at that time 70's-80's and beyond, when liberation and freedom was being achieved, this shocking ravaging of a generation of brave, talented people living life to the full must have been absolutely bewhildering. Yet out of devestating tragedy, and loss grew networks, support and a sense of community I wish we had today. There were heroes, some of them who lost their battle, but they are not forgotten, for a while yet. This is a must see for everyone, an unforgettable film which is as much uplifting as it is deeply sorrowful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving stuff 15 Jan 2013
Format:DVD
A very well made documentary film, which is thought provoking as well as often deeply moving and features some incredible people. Not always easy to watch but compelling viewing nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packing a powerful pnch 1 Jun 2012
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Being a closeted teenager in the 80's the theme of Aids and the impact it has had on a human level on the gay community has always been something that I knew from magazine articles and movies. This documentary shows the real human aspect of the whole epidemic. Although it uses the concept of talking heads a bit too much, the truthful personal emotional stories hit you like a ton of bricks (or more accurately 5 tons). It doesn't go around blaming people or pointng the finger at the Reagan administration. It just shows what happens when all of a sudden your friends start dying. It also shows how people can rise above themselves once they face a real challenge, and in that respect it is not only depresing but also an uplifting movie. A strong lesson in human history that no person (gay, straight, bi or whatever) should miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must, for juniors & seniors 11 May 2012
By Harry B
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My partner and I both have appreciated the way this DVD has been put together. Most of what the DVD brings wasn't new to us, both being 49 and 50 years old. But it is a good thing to be reminded how much impact AIDS has had on our lives. And had forever changed other lives. I'd say a must see for the young ones and less younger ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Documentary 23 April 2012
Format:DVD
A documentary which focuses on the story HIV/AIDS from the events before it became an epidemic in San Francisco (pre 1981) right through to medical breakthroughs in the 1990s and today. Seen through the eyes of those who saw and witnessed tragedy at first hand, this is a moving documentary that highlights how the SanFrancisco community banded together and how HIV/AIDS changed their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Are Here 17 Feb 2012
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David Weismann's stunning documentary is a beautiful, raw and intelligent look at the pandemic effects of HIV/AIDS on San Francisco. The city is easily the sixth character here and provides the backdrop to a great many stories of human courage, resourcefulness, blind persistance and love. Far from just being a "gay" film, WE WERE HERE celebrates the spirit of all sorts of communities the world over. I could have spent hours in the company of the interviewees and wish them nothing but thanks and respect for sharing their stories and darkest hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a moving reminder
We Were Here reminds us of how terrible the Aids epidemic was, focusing on San Francisco where over 15,000 people had died of it by the mid-nineties. Read more
Published 16 days ago by schumann_bg
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary!
Very informative and also moving documentary. Modern history that every one should know about. Not just for gays. Strongly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and hard to watch - but watch it.
For more on what I think of this DVD, see my review of 'How To Survive A Plague' about the fight for AIDS drugs in America by TAG and ACT UP. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Freaky Green Eyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Must see
I saw this when it was broadcast on one of the BBC channels about a year ago and without sounding dramatic I was shocked and humbled by the experience. Read more
Published 13 months ago by peepingtom
3.0 out of 5 stars We Were Here
If you judge the film on its subject matter, it merits five stars. Judged simply as a film, 3 stars. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mike McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate!
Another very important, well produced documentary. What can I say? Every aspect of it is faultless. Buy it and be enlightened!
Published 19 months ago by Jada
5.0 out of 5 stars You should watch this
This is a documentary, not a feature film, but it isn't dry, dull and worthy. It is the first hand stories of people who were around in San Francisco in the late seventies, the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
The watching of this documentary should be compulsory!

I implore you all to watch this film, that talks to the people who were right in the centre of the AIDS epidemic. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by Master Lorien
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