First show: June 22

“An aspect of San Francisco cultural history & American medical history that deserves to be known…a tale from the front lines, before the disease had a name, through the early days when no one knew for sure how it was transmitted.” – Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle.

5B is the inspirational story of everyday heroes who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first HIV/AIDS ward unit in the United States at San Francisco General Hospital. 5B is stirringly told through first-person testimony of the nurses and caregivers who built Ward 5B in 1983, their patients, loved ones, and staff who volunteered to create care practices based in humanity and holistic well-being during a time of great uncertainty. The result is an uplifting yet candid and bittersweet monument to a pivotal moment in American history and a celebration of quiet heroes’ worthy of renewed recognition.

Co-directed by Dan Krauss. Featuring Sasha Cuttler, Alison Moed, Mary Magee, Cliff Morrison, Hank Plante III, Rita Rockett, Guy Vandenberg and other heroes of Ward 5B. 2018. DCP. 94 mins.


5B: Upcoming Showtimes