5B (OC)

Director: Paul Haggis, Dan Krauss

Courtesy of: Rogers and Cowan | Documentary | Gay | Open Captioned | Unclassified 18+ | 94 | USA | 2018

Synopsis

This is an Open Caption screening.

5B is the inspirational story of the everyday heroes, nurses and caregivers who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first AIDS ward unit in the United States. 5B is movingly told through first-person testimony of these nurses and caregivers who built Ward 5B in 1983 at San Francisco General Hospital, their patients, loved ones, and staff who volunteered to create care practices based in humanity and holistic well-being during a time of great uncertainty. The result is an uplifting yet candid and bittersweet monument to a pivotal moment in American history and a celebration of quiet heroes, nurses and caregivers worthy of renewed recognition.


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Review

“5B” proves as inspiring as it does unsettling with its heroic stories of the hospital staffers and allies who fought ignorance, fear, bigotry and political wrangling to protect the rights and integrity of AIDS patients. – Los Angeles Times

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