Best Movies by Farr

We Were Here

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What's it About

Five residents of San Francisco who lived through the onslaught of AIDS in the late 1970s and 1980s tell their stories of illness, loss, and activism. Goldstein, infected with the virus, dropped out of a drug study, only to see every other participant die. Glutzer, a nurse, talks about the grossly inadequate response of the medical establishment. Wolf describes his work as a volunteer working with the afflicted. Finally, Boneberg discusses the grass roots efforts that led to more effective, meaningful action, and eventually, effective treatment for the disease.

Why we love it

These eloquent survivors manage to put a human face on the most devastating epidemic of the past century. Directors Weissman and Weber depict life in the Castro before AIDS as a gay paradise; the effect is haunting when those scenes of happiness and liberation give way to ominous press reports concerning “a mysterious virus targeting gay men,” and, all too suddenly, hundreds of obituaries in the local papers. The shamefully inept and unsympathetic political response gets addressed, but it’s the human stories that evoke those devastating years with heartrending clarity.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"