“We Were Here,” the deeply affecting documentary that takes a look back at the birth of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, garnered buzz following its world premiere at Sundance and has since gone on to play at a slew of festivals, including Berlin, Outfest and NewFest.
Red Flag is releasing the film in limited release starting on September 9th. Check out the moving trailer below to get a sense of what you’re in for if you seek it out. Having seen and loved the film, we recommend that you do.
The documentary marks another collaboration between directors David Weissman and Bill Weber, responsible for the acclaimed 2001 documentary “The Cockettes, which chronicles San Francisco’s infamous theater troupe of hippies and drag queens who ruled from 1969 – 1972. The San Francisco they document in “We Were Here” is an altogether different one.
“For me, one of the standout films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was Bill Weber and David Weissman’s chronicle of the AIDS epidemic, “We Were Here,” said indieWIRE’s Peter Knegt in his personal take of the film. “A very specific depiction of the onset of AIDS in America, the film focuses on the stories of five individuals who lived in San Francisco at the time – four gay men and a heterosexual woman who was a nurse in an AIDS ward. The doc provides a powerful snapshot of a time in American history that few are fully aware of. Though certainly not the definitive AIDS documentary, Weissman and Weber bring an affecting sense of intimacy by focusing on just five individuals and one city.”