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Author Topic: Just watched, "We Were Here"  (Read 2636 times)

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Offline tednlou2

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Just watched, "We Were Here"
« on: January 03, 2012, 12:48:25 AM »
I was going through the "On Demand" movies tonight and found the documentary for $5.  Coincidentally, I discovered the cable company finally put 2 gay porn sections in the adult section, consisting of about 25 movies.  I mean, I'm watching a documentary that shows religious leaders saying AIDS was God's punishment for being gay, and now I could switch over and watch gay sex.  I guess that is progress.  I know there are still plenty who say this, but their voices aren't nearly as loud or listened to.  But, I digress.

Anyway, we found the doc very powerful.  It was sad, indeed.  But, it was also inspiring to see how the community came together to help their friends and even complete strangers.  And, I really didn't appreciate the impact the lesbian community had by raising awareness, working with AIDS patients, and donating blood, when blood supplies were short and lesbians could donate as they weren't in a high risk group.  A few of the gay men featured described how gay men hadn't always been good to the lesbian community, and here they were some of the first to step up.  It does remind me to be more thankful and appreciative for all the progress made, and not take it for granted.  It really makes me think of what it would have been like to get my diagnosis in the hospital, but told there was nothing that could be done--to go home and wait for the end.  I can only imagine what that was like, but having no idea.     

Anyway, if anyone had been wanting to see it, but not sure where to find it, take a look at your On Demand, if you have it.  I was surprised it was on there.  I thought I would have to wait to see it on DVD, HBO, or IFC.  I know those who lived through it and bare the scars probably don't want to, or just can't, see it.  For the newer folks, I would recommend it. 

Offline surf18

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Re: Just watched, "We Were Here"
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 08:07:17 AM »
i want to hear more about the gay porn! who is your cable provider?!

Offline buginme2

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Re: Just watched, "We Were Here"
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 10:59:23 AM »
What cable company Ted? I have Directv and their on demand succccckkkkks!!! I cant wait till this is able to be streamed on Amazon or Itunes!!

And yes the Lesbian community did step up...twhich is soooo unlike lesbians (just kidding..sorta).

There is an AIDS documentart on Frontline about 30 years of AIDS.  It also was very well done and I highly recommend for anyone who hasnt seen it.  You can stream it for free from the PBS website.
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Offline edfu

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Re: Just watched, "We Were Here"
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2012, 04:14:16 PM »
Mark your calendars:

"We Were Here" is now scheduled to be shown on the PBS network, as part of  the "Independent Lens" program, on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 10:00. 
"No one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences."--Albert Camus, "The Plague"

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Offline Hoover

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Re: Just watched, "We Were Here"
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 04:59:28 PM »
If you get to see the play "The Normal Heart," it is wonderful and enlightening about the beginning of the AIDS crisis and how the cities didn't want to admit it was there.
People left the play crying big time!
It is not a play that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, but it is a must see.

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Re: Just watched, "We Were Here"
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 05:43:24 PM »
And yes the Lesbian community did step up...twhich is soooo unlike lesbians (just kidding..sorta).

We must have known very different Lesbians.  The ones in Detroit were stellar and they were the ones to bring the AIDS Quilt to Detroit.  They were an incredibly selfless group of women who made a big difference, simply because they could.  Actually, I'm not really sure, who was gay or not, because back then, it was HIV vs. the rest of the world.  Humans united, regardless of who or what they are.  Incredibly powerful support at a time when the American public looked away.  When AIDS was truly a four-letter word, not to be spoken and even ignored.  I am grateful to anyone who joined the fight.  If you were not dying, you could do nothing less.

Nobody can ever understand those times unless they lived through them.  We owe it, to those who have gone before, to never give up and to never forget.  Please learn the real history of HIV in America, parts will tear out your heart and others will lift you to the heavens.

Offline rjoh

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Re: Just watched, "We Were Here"
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012, 07:23:32 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up on "We Were Here," tednlou. I have the OnDemand feature but never used it until I saw your post. Sure enough it was listed, I "rented" ($5 for 48 hrs) it....and just finished watching it. I have read so much about it and even kept looking for various film festivals online as to where it might appear near me. When I read your post....I just had to watch. I sat in stunned silence, cried a bit, laughed a bit, and yes, got a bit angry...with myself, politicians, religious leaders. Most of all I want to just give those folks a great big hug.

My goodness. I don't know about anyone else, but my heart breaks for the struggles, the bravery, and the fortitude of those who went through the fire so that I can, now 30 years later, battle HIV on a more equal basis than they. It was their activism, their pain, and their heroics that allow me the opportunity to live another day. I now have a better understanding of the term HEROES.

I think I will go to my local parish tonight (it stays open 24 hrs) and light one of those big candles, and just sit in the darkness and reflect a bit on it all.

Also, according to the website for "A Normal Heart," there will be a national tour company performing the play this year 2012 to coincide with a worldwide AIDS conference in Washington DC....be on the lookout for it.....

« Last Edit: January 03, 2012, 07:58:35 PM by rjoh »

Offline buginme2

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Re: Just watched, "We Were Here"
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2012, 09:48:38 PM »
I'm so anoyed that I have Directv right now  :-\
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Offline wolfter

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Re: Just watched, "We Were Here"
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012, 11:53:43 PM »
Never got the memo about the lesbo thing.  I have always had many great lesbian friends who I will always cherish.  Many I have had since college days.  Obviously, there are more of them still around than my male friends. 

I've never been able to see it in its entirety.  Maybe it's time.  History class is for those who read about the past.  Unfortunately, I was part of that history.  I am working towards burying a lot of those demons.  It doesn't mean forgetting, just the opposite. 

Wolfie, who definitely knows it's bedtime. ;D
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