We Were Here

Posted January 23, 2011 in
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Castro Street in San Francisco, 1984. Photo by Robert Pruzan

We Were Here
Sundance Film Festival
Director: David Weissman

In the early ‘80s an epidemic with no name was sweeping through the gay community of San Francisco. Often called the gay cancer, eventually the disease was identified as AIDS and claimed 15,548 San Franciscans—many of them young, sexually active gay males. "We Were Here" weaves together archival footage and present-day interviews with five individuals who lived through the epidemic to create a very heavy film. "We Were Here" looks at the community through a microscope, illuminating not only how the AIDS tragedy affected lives, but also how community members were able to mobilize to force new research and advancements in treating the disease. Although the focus is narrow, the story is ultimately a universal one—dealing with loss, recovery and the strength that people find in one another when faced with incredible odds. 

Photos:
Castro Street in San Francisco, 1984. Photo by Robert Pruzan "We Were Here" producer/director David Weissman. Photo by Ron Zuckerman A scene from "We Were Here". Photo by Marie Ueda A scene from "We Were Here". Then and now: Ed Wolf from the film "We Were Here" Then and now: Paul Boneberg from the film "We Were Here" Then and now: Daniel Goldstein from the film "We Were Here" Then and now: Guy Clark from the film "We Were Here" Then and now: Eileen Glutzer from the film "We Were Here"