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Not Rated In Theaters 09/9/2011 , 90min.
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September 18, 2011
Simply breathtaking. Hard to watch but uplifting at the same time. This documentary shows us all how the human spirit and overcome the deepest darkest of times. The director does a superb job balancing through first hand account and archival footage. I was left with a sense of gratitude for these people who's voices were forgotten ...until now.

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We Were Here concentrates on the impressive way a collective of disenfranchised individuals came together to support one another in this time of crisis. In that respect, the title has dual meanings, referring to both the film's "Shoah"-like survivors' testimony and the fact that the gay community was there for one another at a time that government and medicine were slow to respond. Full Review
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
Simply and devastatingly letting five residents of San Francisco share their reminiscences of that city's nightmarish "war zone" in the early, horrific years of AIDS, We Were Here creates a harrowing, streamlined oral history. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
It's far from a definitive statement-why does ACT UP, a seminal presence in SF, get such short shrift? - but this oral history provides a righteous cri de coeur for those who perished in the precocktail era. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
An extraordinarily moving examination of how the AIDS epidemic both devastated and transformed San Francisco's gay community, this clear-eyed and soulful documentary brings us inside the contagion in a way that is so intimate, so personal, you feel like you're hearing about these catastrophic events for the first time. Full Review
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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. Full Review

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