Positive

Dokus
Queer
| 76 min
German
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Powerful film documentary about the response of the gay community in New York to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and the subsequent failure of the state. Activists interviewed include playwright Larry Kramer, People With AIDS Coalition co-founder Michael Callen (who died of AIDS in 1994), New York filmmaker and journalist Phil Zwickler, and representatives from ACT-UP, Queer Nation, and Gay Men's Health Crisis. From the encouragement of an intimate support group, to the political mobilization of the militant AIDS action group Act-UP, the sufferers have in common the courage with which they denounce the restrictive and ignorant stalling tactics of the state and the city. "In short, Praunheim is just the man for the job: he has the breadth of vision, the compassion and the militance and, yes, the sense of humor necessary to tackle the AIDS epidemic in all its aspects. (Los Angeles Times)