Shot in San Francisco, ALONE TOGETHER tells the compelling stories of nine HIV positive young adults from widely different backgrounds: some grew up in suburban families, some on the street. They are straight and gay, male and female, of many ethnic groups. One young woman is a professional figure skater. Some contracted the disease through IV drug use, others from unprotected sex. Yet all of them have one thing in common: unlike their friends, who pursue jobs, education and relationships, these young people are living with a potentially life-threatening disease, and the stigma that accompanies it.
They speak with uncanny insight into their experience, candidly discussing sex, the difficulty of informing their parents of their condition, life on the street, their confusion, anger and, most of all, their deep sorrow at knowing they might not live to achieve their dreams. It is a haunting, timely film with an urgent message to young people as well as adults.
Produced for NHK HI-VISION
1996 / Documentary / 17 Minutes