amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Award-Winning Film Revisits the Harrowing Start of America’s AIDS Epidemic

We Were Here, available on DVD on May 15, takes a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and offers an intensely personal account of five individuals whose lives were forever transformed by the tragedy of AIDS.  From their different vantage points as caregivers, activists, researchers, friends and lovers of the afflicted, and people living with AIDS, the interviewees share stories that illuminate much larger themes of the era: the political and sexual complexities, the terrible emotional toll, and the role of women—particularly lesbians—in caring and fighting for their gay brothers.

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Director David Weissman weaves together archival footage that illustrates a compassionate and courageous community coming together in response to the suffering and loss endured in the early years of AIDS.  As a filmmaker and political activist who arrived in San Francisco in 1976 and was deeply impacted by the epidemic, Weissman brings a unique personal understanding to this history.

We Were Here premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was called “one of the top ten films of the year” by The New York Times.  It was also nominated for Best Documentary at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards and shortlisted for the 2012 Academy Award® for Best Documentary. 

Ten percent of every sale of the DVD purchased through this link will be donated to amfAR to support the innovative AIDS research that offers the best hope of bringing an end to the epidemic.