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5B Unclassified 18+

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The AIDS crisis inflicts heartbreak but pioneering nurses inspire hope in two-time Academy Award nominee Dan Krauss’s documentary, which he co-directed with Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis.

Krauss, and Best Picture winner Paul Haggis train their sympathetic social lens on Ward 5B in San Francisco General Hospital. Founded in 1983 at the height of the AIDS crisis, this dedicated care unit provided a refuge for those battling the merciless disease and its toxic stigma. It was an oasis for compassion at a time when those afflicted with HIV were all too often spurned by medical facilities and even their own families.

Krauss and Haggis cannily seek the emotional core through interviews with the ward’s inspirational founder, Cliff Morrison, as well as survivors, nurses and even critics such as Dr Lorraine Day (who argued that AIDS was “a loaded gun under a coat”, making her an unlikely champion for bigots of the day). Extraordinary archival footage reveals performer and activist Rita Rockett’s legendary brunches, ward parties and the humanity of the patients, and helps make 5B a shining beacon of hope, both from a time when HIV was a deadly diagnosis, and for contemporary audiences.

“An uplifting film about profound human decency and generosity of spirit.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Tickets

4191
Sun 04 Aug 9:00 pm [4191]
5B (93 mins)
Kino 2 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
5921
Sun 18 Aug 6:45 pm [5921]
5B (93 mins)
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Featured Subjects
Alison Moed Paolercio, Cliff Morrison, David Denmark, Dr. Lorraine Day, Dr. Paul Volberding, George Kelly, Guy Vandenberg, Hank Plante, Harry Breaux, Leah Cleveland, Mary Asbury, Mary Magee, Rita Rockett, Sasha Cuttler, Steve Williams
Directors
Dan Krauss, Paul Haggis
Producers
Brendan Gaul, Dan Krauss, Guru Gowrappan, Hayley Pappas, Paul Haggis, Rupert Maconick
Cinematographer
Andrew Eckmann
Composer
Justin Melland
Editor
Christopher Dillon
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital

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