We Were Here (2011)

We Were Here (2011)

Director David Weissman, Bill Weber

Genre Documentary, Biography, History

Year 2011

Actors Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer

IMDB : 7.9 (1,517 votes)


Description 'We Were Here' is the first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco, and how the City's inhabitants dealt with that unprecedented calamity. It explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all - the parallel histories of suffering and loss, and of community coalescence and empowerment. Though this is a San Francisco based story, the issues it addresses extend not only beyond San Francisco but also beyond AIDS itself. 'We Were Here' speaks to our societal relationship to death and illness, our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and the importance of community in addressing unimaginable crises.


  • Bruce Barnes 2016-10-19 07:07:25
    Just finished watching this film tonight and was overwhelmed by the subject matter. Devastated and uplifted at the same time. It brought back so many memories and feelings from that truly unbelievable time in our history. I had a premonition that somewhere in the film I would see an old boyfriend from Denver from the early 80's who had moved to and then died in San Francisco. And there in one of the montages of obituaries was Daniel Sterling Weaver. Oh, what a beautiful boy he was. Oh, how he loved SF. Belated congratulations to David Weissman and Bill Weber, and all involved for a truly stunning documentary. Bravo.
  • craig wang 2016-02-02 14:25:59
    thanks to netflix, this is historical and educational
  • SummerGalLongIsland 2015-12-22 16:07:28
    This may be the best documentary I've ever seen. I was a nurse in New York City in the 80's when the AIDS epidemic was in full swing, so this hit home with me in a big way. It is heartbreaking and uplifting, all at the same time. Bravo!
  • joomjim4 2015-11-21 19:16:43
    This doc is one of the best doc I've ever seen in my life - definitely in the top 5. It's so essential yet underrated. More people need to watch this amazing film.
  • Amanda Smith 2014-12-28 18:35:36
    If you watch any documentary watch this and Bad Blood, I watched these both while home sick. I don't think I cried this much or that hard in quite sometime. I don't care who you are, what you believe if these cant move you to utter deep emotion....well it's history it's our history and you need to see it.
  • Gerry Panzica 2014-08-07 19:31:39
    this is when I lived in SF......................the 80's!!   It was SURREAL!! friends and lovers dying, I was losing my mind!!!  I dodged the bullet, but miss all my friends that are all gone, terribly!!!!
  • Chris Doss 2014-01-30 19:05:37
    i know most of the people in this video, been there at that time some have died, i was there i can say that....also just recently...
  • bipolar bee 2013-12-28 19:17:24
    I watched this last night and I can't properly articulate the impact it had on me. I grew up in Philly and in the early 80's as a little girl I knew about AIDS- I thought (the benefits, the red ribbons, amfar, the vigils, the images from the news of what seemed like living ghosts that were covered in lesions and how they reminded me of holocaust images, everything that I think a lot of us only knew etc, etc)  but, I didn't know THIS- the stories and faces and fear and community .. I felt like by watching this, I was learning about AIDS for the very first time. Seeing those obituaries. Hearing people say that all of their friends weren't alive anymore and how fast in the beginning it just swept through. I can't imagine what that would be like and yet it was happening just 3,000 miles away from me. These stories.. I just can't stop thinking about them. I wish everyone would watch this. It's a time in history that I did not know and I will be forever changed by it. I am so sorry if this is a terrible ramble, as I said in the beginning I truly can't articulate how much this film meant to me. Thank you.
  • Marco Reuben Soriano 2013-10-29 19:07:13
    i got this movie "And The Band Played On" and needs to write a reaction paper about .. after watching it , it keep me having this question "what happen to the people out there , in there journey through this?" and i saw this documentary .. this is the answer im looking for , im gay , and im negative , but the pain that they went through i could almost feel them by just watching this. i want to say THANK YOU FOR THE FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING THEYVE DONE and THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS DOCUMENTARY
  • rovacab1 2013-08-27 21:28:44
    Just finished watching this amazing documentary on viooz.co. It was both brilliant, and sad, inspiring and moving. There were parts that brought me to tears, so many deaths of people in the prime of their lives. The government should have moved faster, both with money and drug treatments and trials. The people interviewed are amazing, and each ones gives their own extremely unique and personal perspectives. The way the community came together should be an example to our society today.
  • David Weissman 2013-06-10 17:13:40
    Thanks, Trynn. Didn't know Ind Les was still screening it!
  • Trynn Outsen 2013-06-10 17:11:32
    Watched this on Independent Lens yesterday! Thank you for giving this moment in history a voice! I always knew the history, but hearing it from the various perspectives was very eye opening and emotional. Great film!
  • Ken Cosgrove 2013-02-13 02:46:30
    Watched this on TV yesterday. So moving. It was brutal but also hopeful. I especially loved the story about the man who would go to the flower shop on his bike, then got sick and started coming in a wheelchair, but with treatment went back to using his bike.
  • emmaelizabeth 2013-02-04 22:54:15
    ...films he'd eve seen and it has since totally changed his perspective on sexuality. Thankyou for producing such a beautiful, thought provoking movie that I will never forget, just as the victims of this terrible disease will never be forgotten.
  • emmaelizabeth 2013-02-04 22:51:59
    I saw this film first on my own, then with my friend and her rather ignorant & homophobic boyfriend. After watching this, he was crying his eyes out. He said it was one of the most touching if
  • David Weissman 2012-12-31 15:11:12
    Let us know your thoughts when you've had a chance to watch.
  • daydreamer039 2012-12-31 13:38:30
    i can't wait to see this touching and insightful documentary
  • Lolas Honesty 2012-12-20 23:04:42
    This documentary was so good but also so sad. I bawled my eyes out when they were interviewing people who had lost their partners... or most of their friends to AIDS.
  • Ciara Rae 2012-10-22 01:05:01
    I want to watch this so bad now
  • Laurence Durkin 2012-10-18 18:18:58
    some of the most emotional moments i've ever seen on screen in this. amazing

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