We Were Here
We Were Here (2011)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 9, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

"We Were Here" pays eloquent homage to men and women who deserve to be celebrated and remembered as heroes.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

Though the topic is sad, We Were Here is a tribute to the heroism of those who stepped up to help, and to the resilience of the gay community itself.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

[A] sober, devastating film about how we all - and some more than others - have to deal with the most unexpected horrors in our lives.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

The most gripping war movie you'll see this year, We Were Here tells first-hand the story of how AIDS attacked San Francisco, killing more than 15,000. Whole peer groups were happy, healthy, and then dead in months.

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Monica Castillo
Bitch Media

We Were Here does not move behind the scope of San Francisco, which I considered a benefit. It allows the viewer to fully immerse themselves in the story.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

There's something profoundly inspirational about this portrait of a community coming together to battle prejudice and disease.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

It is both a testament to the fallen and a series of life lessons from five brave survivors, lessons about finding the best in ourselves in the worst of times.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

We Were Here ultimately serves as a tribute -- not only to those who are no longer with us, but also to those who crossed the minefield and emerged as survivors, storytellers and heroes.

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Christian C
An important and engaging documentary about the unimaginable horrors of the early years of AIDS. Although I had head some of this before from older friends, it… More
Walter M.
"We Were Here" is a simple, yet powerfully effective documentary history of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco that creates a clear timeline of… More