Verizon Media has acquired and will distribute “5B,” a documentary that chronicles the history of San Francisco General’s ward 5B.
Ward 5B opened in 1983 to care for patients living with HIV and profiles the nurses and caregivers who provided compassionate care to HIV-positive patients at a time when an AIDS diagnosis was considered terminal, and it wasn’t known how the virus was transferred.
“We decided that if we can’t save these folks, we’re going to touch them,” one caregiver said of their approach to care, which included physical contact with patients at a time when most people were unwilling to approach someone with HIV.
The film is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss (“Extremis”).
“5B” will premiere in June at L.A. Pride and then will have a theatrical release.
Read the story at Out.
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