Movies

A few film suggestions about the AIDS epidemic that are both informative and moving.

 

“Dallas Buyers Club” (2013)

Matthew McConaughey won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ron Woodruff, a young man diagnosed with AIDS in 1980s Dallas, who worked around the system to get himself and other AIDS patients the medications they needed.   

 

"RENT" (2005)

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical, this film tells the story of a group of young people living in New York City’s East Village in the late 1980s struggling with live, love and AIDS.

 

“ANGELS IN AMERICA” (2003)

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical, this film tells the story of a group of young people living in New York City’s East Village in the late 1980s struggling with live, love and AIDS.

 

“Longtime Companion” (1989)

The first wide-release feature film to deal with HIV/AIDS, this film chronicles the early years of the AIDS epidemic as seen through the impact of the disease on several gay men and one of their sisters. 

 

"And the Band Played On" (1993)

A moving and detailed portrait of the early years of the AIDS epidemic, chronicling the health community's efforts to understand and stop the disease.

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"how to survive a plague" (2012)

A documentary film about the AIDS epidemic and the activist movement that sprung up around the disease, including ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group).

 

"we were here" (2011)

An emotional documentary about HIV/AIDS in San Francisco, featuring individuals who lived through the terrifying early days of the epidemic while watching their world, and all the people in it, perish.

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"philadelphia" (1993)

One of the first mainstream Hollywood movies to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia, this movie tells the true story of Andrew Beckett, a lawyer fired because of his HIV status and the subsequent legal and emotional battle that ensued.