5B Reviews

  • Sep 28, 2019

    Amazing. Eye opening to get a real sense of what it was like the first few years of the AIDS epidemic. I was born In 1987 although I knew of it and heard how bad it was I never really got it. Wonderfully done with such poise and digb

    Amazing. Eye opening to get a real sense of what it was like the first few years of the AIDS epidemic. I was born In 1987 although I knew of it and heard how bad it was I never really got it. Wonderfully done with such poise and digb

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Amazing. For those of us that lived through this time, it is nice to know about these selfless nurses and caregivers.

    Amazing. For those of us that lived through this time, it is nice to know about these selfless nurses and caregivers.

  • Aug 18, 2019

    This documentary primarily focusses on the stories and recollections of multiple nursing staff, several carers and relatives and a large volume of distressing footage of many people living, and dying, on the 5B AIDS Ward in San Francisco Hospital. The story of carers and nurses in the crisis years of AIDS is vital important and needs to be told however I was concerned some of the narrative was a little problematic. I was especially concerned about whether and how consent from People Living With AIDS had been sought for some of the footage. It appeared in several cases that they so ill that People with AIDS may not have been in a position to make an informed consent for filming. Some of this vintage footage of patients felt exploitative and sensationalist to me. I expected a documentary which focuses on those 1980s days and especially the ignorance, homophobia, HIV stigma and political inaction to have something to add that might help us reflect on HIV/AIDS in 2019. MY fear is that failing to seriously connect with the current situation, science, health care perpetuates a very old tragedy and victim narrative around people living with HIV, community attitudes and ongoing HIV stigma and outdated knowledge about HIV prevention and treatment.

    This documentary primarily focusses on the stories and recollections of multiple nursing staff, several carers and relatives and a large volume of distressing footage of many people living, and dying, on the 5B AIDS Ward in San Francisco Hospital. The story of carers and nurses in the crisis years of AIDS is vital important and needs to be told however I was concerned some of the narrative was a little problematic. I was especially concerned about whether and how consent from People Living With AIDS had been sought for some of the footage. It appeared in several cases that they so ill that People with AIDS may not have been in a position to make an informed consent for filming. Some of this vintage footage of patients felt exploitative and sensationalist to me. I expected a documentary which focuses on those 1980s days and especially the ignorance, homophobia, HIV stigma and political inaction to have something to add that might help us reflect on HIV/AIDS in 2019. MY fear is that failing to seriously connect with the current situation, science, health care perpetuates a very old tragedy and victim narrative around people living with HIV, community attitudes and ongoing HIV stigma and outdated knowledge about HIV prevention and treatment.

  • Rin
    Jul 02, 2019

    I thought it was very interesting but sometimes not so well put together. While it was a compelling tale, it felt like some details were left out. I also didnt think it illustrated the epidemic as well as it should have. On the other hand, the archival footage of ward 5b was amazing and intimate, and the nurses role in care was rightly saluted. Definitely worth viewing.

    I thought it was very interesting but sometimes not so well put together. While it was a compelling tale, it felt like some details were left out. I also didnt think it illustrated the epidemic as well as it should have. On the other hand, the archival footage of ward 5b was amazing and intimate, and the nurses role in care was rightly saluted. Definitely worth viewing.

  • Jun 23, 2019

    Exceptionally well done.

    Exceptionally well done.

  • Jon
    Jun 22, 2019

    A beautiful story of people showing compassion and love for our fellow man.

    A beautiful story of people showing compassion and love for our fellow man.

  • Keith L
    Jun 21, 2019

    I was an RN on an AIDS unit in NYC just after the start of this groundbreaking unit at San Francisco General. It was incredible to learn the real story of the first dedicated unit & it brought back so many memories. This movie is a triumph

    I was an RN on an AIDS unit in NYC just after the start of this groundbreaking unit at San Francisco General. It was incredible to learn the real story of the first dedicated unit & it brought back so many memories. This movie is a triumph

  • Jun 20, 2019

    This documentary presents a highly balanced view of the early AIDS epidemic. Nevertheless, the nurses who created the first AIDS ward are depicted as saints and heroes. Their counterparts are depicted as villains. Nuance is often sacrificed for sentimentality. Despite this criticism, I highly recommend this documentary for its great narrative and its excellent use of archival material.

    This documentary presents a highly balanced view of the early AIDS epidemic. Nevertheless, the nurses who created the first AIDS ward are depicted as saints and heroes. Their counterparts are depicted as villains. Nuance is often sacrificed for sentimentality. Despite this criticism, I highly recommend this documentary for its great narrative and its excellent use of archival material.

  • Jun 20, 2019

    Important film, extremely well done. Shows the strength of the human spirit and how one group made a difference in the lives of so many.

    Important film, extremely well done. Shows the strength of the human spirit and how one group made a difference in the lives of so many.

  • r
    Jun 19, 2019

    important topic and interesting subject matter but I found it to be too slow to hold my attention in many spots. could have been done better but still worth a view

    important topic and interesting subject matter but I found it to be too slow to hold my attention in many spots. could have been done better but still worth a view