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Quiet Heroes
A film by Jenny MacKenzie, Jared Ruga & Amanda Stoddard

68 minutes, color, 2018

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Synopsis

In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients received no support from-or were cast into exile by-the political, religious, and medical communities. Further, Mormon culture encouraged gay men to marry women and have a family to cure themselves of their "affliction," counsel which led to secret affairs and accidental marital transmissions of HIV.

In the entire state there was only one doctor to serve all HIV/AIDS patients. This acclaimed Sundance Film Festival documentary is the story of Dr. Kristen Ries and her partner (in both medicine and life), Maggie Snyder, and their fight to save the lives of a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just let die.


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Reviews

"An inspiring, uncomplicated portrait of two women who bravely fought the system." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Underlines the gestures of compassion and bravery that made all the difference both for those who survived the epidemic and those who didn't." - VARIETY

"Honorable and inspiring. Where 'Quiet Heroe's excels is in the personal stories that put a face on both the doctors and their patients...it does justice to its subjects." - SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES

"Their enduring compassion and determination make the film more hopeful than tragic." - NEW YORK TIMES

"The film touchingly celebrates physicians who take their calling seriously, and with compassion, even as it recalls how far we as a culture have come in the 37 years since AIDS was discovered. It makes us flinch at how publicly, fearlessly wrongheaded some people were, and not that long ago, either." - MOVIE NATION


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Disc Features

Bonus film included on the DVD: "Zero to Eighty"


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