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Category: Art and Entertainment, Feminism, Girls

We Were Here–in tears!

January 26, 2011


The WMC blog is featuring Progressive Girls’ Voices in dispatches from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, as our girl journalists attend feminist film screenings and interview notable leaders and directors. Watch this space for more.

By Mimi Erickson-Clayton

Mimi is a high school senior in Salt Lake City and has been involved with Planned Parenthood for three years. She is passionate about gay rights and teen education.

This morning, Molly and I took off on our own to do our first solo interview with David Weissman, director of We Were Here. The film is all about San Fransisco in the era of the AIDS pandemic. It follows five deeply personal stories about the people who lived through what they described as the "war zone" that was AIDS and HIV.

Listening to their stories, Molly and I were both brought to tears. The narratives themselves were enough to knock us off our feet, and the amazing way they were woven together made them even more effective. Check the trailer out here. I cannot believe that I was able to see the world premiere of such an amazing film as We Were Here.

These three days with the Women's Media Center have been jam-packed with events, and they truly have seemed like a dream to me. I am so thrilled and honored to be working on this project, surrounded by such talented and passionate people. But back to the movie: immediately after crying and giggling our way through two of the most poignant hours of our lives, Molly and I got to interview the director, and we were on our own.

It seemed that we had, over three days, been given the tools to get to the bottom of the film and then set free to practice our craft in the most exciting way possible. David, a bald and bespectacled San Franciscan, could not have been kinder to us, nor more patient with as we captured the interview on our flipcams.

From start to finish, Molly and I conducted an interview of our very own, and it went pretty well! At the end of the interview, when David asked where we were from, we told him our stories with pride. As people keep saying, WE are the future. It's nice to know that we'll be so well prepared.

P.S. Interview text from our discussion with David will be coming soon! Stay tuned!