Commitment to Life

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  • Sun, Aug 13
    • 7:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 15
    • 9:20pm
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A fascinating, emotional history lesson, “Commitment to Life” dives deep into the true, twisty story of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles. Director Jeffrey Schwarz (“I Am Divine,” “Tab Hunter Confidential,” “Boulevard! A Hollywood Story”) offers a densely researched close-up of people who devoted their lives to finding a cure for AIDS beginning in the early ‘80s, including the birth of APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles). As the deadly virus begins to spread, doctors, activists, and entertainment professionals navigate a society that’s not ready to accept the reality of this mysterious disease.

Filled with captivating movie clips, in-depth interviews with the activists, and personal stories of Hollywood heavyweights like Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and David Geffen, this documentary delivers an intense, comprehensive look at the impact of a global health crisis on the rich and famous, as well folks from less privileged backgrounds in Southern California. “Commitment to Life” provides a sobering reminder that the HIV/AIDS fight is not over, while offering a hopeful view of how people can make a profound difference when they come together.