A new Documentary is set to be screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
We Were Here, by David Weissman, intimately chronicles the experience of a few individuals in the close-knit San Francisco queer community before and after the AIDS epidemic. By highlighting individual experiences and personal storytelling the film hopes to show the power of community and the struggles and hopes of the people living through the crisis.
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.
The director told Indiewire.com:
I really wanted to make a film that trusted the pure power of storytelling, that affirmed that there is nothing better than a good “talking head” if you have the right talking heads, and if you allow for depth and complexity.
Collecting, honoring, and reflecting on our shared past is growing increasingly important as we make great strides towards assimilating into mainstream society. The essence of this time period needs to be preserved and the lives and stories of the people who lived through it deserve an honored place in history.
Having this Film screened at Sundance gives these stories and lives their due recognition while at the same time taking the history of our community out of the margins. In addition to the newly opened GLBT Museum, The LGBT exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, and greater visibility on mainstream media, with this film we are making massive cultural strides to coincide with political victories.
Check out the trailer below: