We Were Here

April 2, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every 3 days, forever
5th Ave Cinema
510 Southwest Hall Street
Portland,OR 97201
FREE for PSU Students, Faculty, Staff & Alumni with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission

A look back at the AIDS crisis from those who lived through it, We Were Here utilizes an invaluable archive of period pictures and news footage to trace how the Castro went from Edenic neighborhood to an epidemic frontline. But it’s the testimonies that documentarians David Weissman (The Cockettes) and Bill Weber get from their quintet of talking heads that provide the most vivid portrait of the times, from the shock and dread of the early “gay cancer” years to the overwhelming grief (Daniel’s breakdown over losing his lover isn’t the only emotional point, simply the most devastating), followed by the community’s coordinated response. 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. They were here, and the fact that they’re no longer with us doesn’t mean they should be forgotten. ~ Time Out

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