“Quiet Heroes” AIDS Documentary Available December 11 from First Run Features

First Run Features will release Quiet Heroes (DVD: $24.95) on December 11. In Salt Lake City, 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 that led to secret affairs and accidental marital transmissions of HIV. In the entire state and intermountain region, there was only one doctor to serve all HIV/AIDS patients. Filmmakers Jenny Mackenzie, Jared Ruga, and Amanda Stoddard’s documentary tells the story of Dr. Kristen Ries and her fight to save the lives of a maligned population who others seemed willing to just let die.