We Were Here, the moving look back at the terrifying early years of the emergence of HIV and AIDS, has been shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar and will now be considered for an Academy Award nomination.
The film, which hits DVD in the UK on December 5th courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures, focusses on the residents of San Francisco and how the advent of AIDS had a cataclysmic effect on many people’s lives. Especially at a time when new HIV diagnoses have reached a record high (as we reported earlier today, 3,000 gay and bi men in the UK were diagnosed for the first time in 2010), it’s a timely reminder for a younger generation who probably have little firsthand experience of AIDS, of the terrible effects the disease had on a generation of gay men in the the 1980s.
Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Documentaries Screening Committee has chosen We Were Here as one of the 15 movies on the shortlist for the Best Documentary Oscar. We’ll find out if it gets nominated on January 24th.