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Title: We Were Here

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Rating/Synopsis: 5/5 This is the most heartbreaking and personal documentary I have ever seen. While most of the films I have reviewed have been romance or dramas, documentary films are my favorite genre. If I could ever be a film maker I would make documentaries, and this is the type of documentary I would hope to produce. It is sad beyond measure, but also very educational, eyeopening, and motivating. I was born in 1988 and grew up as an Army brat, so I really had no clue that there was ever an AIDs outbreak in the U.S. I remember learning about the AIDS quilt and in 6th grade during sex education we had to watch a film about Magic Johnson, but that was as far as my knowledge about AIDS went. I happened upon this documentary on Netflix late one night and watched it immediately. I was so shocked and appalled that I had never been taught about this era of American history that the next morning I asked my mom if she remembered it and what it was like living then. She lived in a small town in Georgia, but worked at a hospital and she told me all kinds of stories about people not knowing where it came from or how it was spreading, etc. I watched the documentary again and then watched it with my parents. My dad is very politically conservative, but even he was emotionally affected by this film. It a series of interviews with people that lived in San Francisco during the 1980s combined with archival footage. This movie impacted my life so deeply and I can only hope it will do the same for you. Please, if you don’t watch any of the other film I suggest this month, go check this one out!

Year: 2011

Director: David Weissman and Bill Weber

Country/Language: U.S.-English

Where to Watch: Netflix