We Were Here

We Were Here

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. 3.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
We Were Here

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Certificate
Genre Documentary
Director Bill Weber David Weissman
Cast Paul Boneberg, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer Ed Wolf
Studio Peccadillo Pictures
Release Date November 2011
Running Time 90 mins
 

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.

Reviews

The New York Times

Stephen Holden

As grim as some of its images are, We Were Here is above all a film about love: not romantic love but the kind that really matters, in which people selflessly show up and keep on showing up for one another in the worst of times.

08/09/2011

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Empire Magazine

Eve Barlow

Flinching at scenes as harrowing as concentration camp footage, it’s impossible to deny that Weissman’s work is as vital as any study on war or genocide.

21/11/2011

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

Calm, arresting and moving.

21/11/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

Weissman’s film is a moving testament.

25/11/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

Shows that a situation you think you know can be something you haven't known at all. That is the surprise, and the power, of this unexpected film.

16/11/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

A valuable picture of events that, recent though they are, may be startling to some who have grown up in the years since Aids (at least in the west) ceased to be headline news.

27/11/2011

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Screen

Jonathan Romney

While Weissman and Weber have chosen specifically to discuss the San Francisco gay community, little is said about the worldwide spread of Aids, and it would be easy to emerge from the film blissfully unaware of, say, the disease’s effects in Africa. Even so, that shouldn’t diminish what this substantial film achieves in regard to its specific area of study.

12/02/2011

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The Guardian

Andrew Pulver

Even if, understandably, it's a little inward-looking, as a slice of social history, We Were Here takes an invigoratingly positive position on a very gloomy time.

24/11/2011

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Total Film

Carmen Gray

Emotive but not manipulative.

23/11/2011

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