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Recommended Films

 

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We Were Here
Directed by David Weissman

 

David Weissman's critically-acclaimed 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominee, We Were Here is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the City's inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination.

 

ub2 opened for We Were Here at several film festivals.

How to Survive a Plague
Directed by David France

 

Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary and featured on over 15 top-ten lists, How To Survive A Plague is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals. Theirs is a classic tale of activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street.

Positive Youth
Directed by Charlie David

 

The young men and women featured in this film offer a raw, uncensored look into their daily lives: the shock of receiving an HIV diagnosis, positive/negative dating, the truth about medication, and the realization that life is not over and there is a future. Each of the four youth in the film feature a dynamic perspective on the reality of living positive and show how even a single person can change the world regardless of their environment. The subjects include a straight 18-year-old First Nations woman, a gay 25-year-old white urbanite, a spiritual 23-year-old African American YouTube activist, and a 27-year-old club kid jet-setter. Medical and psychological experts also weigh in to provide up-to-date facts and a historical context to show how dealing with an HIV+ diagnosis has changed.

 

ub2 opened for Positive Youth at several film festivals.

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