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This moving documentary focuses on the AIDS epidemic, which hit San Francisco in the early 1980s. The film features interviews with five individuals whose lives were forever changed by the crisis, ranging from a nurse who witnessed the devastating disease from the very beginning and eventually worked with clinical drug trials to a florist who provided flowers for emotionally and financially devastated friends. The moving interviews are blended with photographs and archival footage that illustrate the history of the scourge. The film presents insightful documentation of the effects on a community of the tragedy and acts also as a tribute to the more than 15,000 lives lost and to the survivors who came together in comfort and to battle both the disease and social prejudice. Bonus features include an interview with producer and director Weissman and editor and codirector Bill Weber, plus a series of public service announcements that were aired in the 1990s. VERDICT This fervent and well-crafted film should be in all library collections.-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.