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We Were Here

We Were Here
Documentary, History, Biography, LGBTQ | 2011 | NR. 1hr 30min
CAST: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark DIRECTOR: David Weissman, Bill Weber

We Were Here documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. It offers a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through, and responded to, the onset of AIDS. It opens a window of understanding to those who have only the vaguest notions of what transpired in those years. It provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services, and community support.


This film is part of a three film series in coordination with Tacoma Art Museum for their Art AIDS America exhibition that takes place October 3 through January 10.  Other films in the series will take place at The Grand Cinema on November 12 (film THE LAST ONE, about the AIDS quilt) and December 10 (film TBD).

There will be a discussion following this film led by Rock Hushka, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at TAM.


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Reviews
We Were Here documents the epidemic through a powerful combination of first-hand testimony, archival photography and TV news footage.
Peter Debruge, Variety
A simple, powerful act of bearing witness, We Were Here is a sober reminder of the not-too-distant past, when gays were focused not on honeymoon plans but on keeping people alive.
Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
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