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1985

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The fourth feature from queer filmmaker Yen Tan is a surprising departure for him as it a sad remembrance of the impact of the AIDS pandemic on American families, from an era that was way before his time and far removed from where he grew up. As a whole debate continues about the need for movies about … Continue reading



5B : an inspiring tale of courage of the nurses and patients in SF’s first AIDS Ward

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Two time Oscar winning filmmaker Paul Haggis’s first foray into a non-fictional feature is an insightful and affectionate look at the country’s first ever AIDS Ward : 5B at San Francisco General Hospital.  Opened in 1983 not only would it become the busiest of its kind, but more importantly the dedicated nursing staff implemented a … Continue reading




AFTER 82 : The Untold Story of the AIDS Crisis in the UK

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This remarkable and well-measured documentary re-counts the tragedy of the AIDS pandemic as it spread throughout the UK.  It’s the story of how the British handled the crisis of what was initially perceived as ‘the American disease in a very characteristically British manner.   It is certainly not intended to be a comparison with how the … Continue reading



After Louie

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Movies about the AIDS pandemic are always a tough call as fifty-something-year-old  Sam (Alan Cumming) a NY artist who is working on a documentary about his friend William (David Drake) who died at the peak of the crisis finds out. Unable to move on with his own life since then he has become somewhat obsessed … Continue reading



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