When the first cases of the AIDS virus arose in the U.S. in the early 1980s, the news brought confusion and rampant fear.
There was little to no understanding of how the disease was transmitted...
... and there was absolutely no cure in sight.
The upcoming HBO documentary Battle Of AmfAR tells the story of how two individuals from seperate worlds — actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Scientist Dr. Mathilda Krim— attempted to change all that.
In 1985, these two fearless individuals met with a small group of physicians to create the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).
Each of them brought their own motivations to fight the disease.
Dr. Mathilde Krim, a Swedish scientist, recognized immediately that this disease could have important socio-political consequences.
She focused not only on the scientific aspect of the disease, but also on countering the prejudice and discrimination surrounding the epidemic.
Elizabeth Taylor on the other hand, a beloved Hollywood actress, was inspired after the disease claimed the life of her close friend and fellow actor Rock Hudson.
She used her public persona to bring the issue of the AIDS virus into the mainstream media.
The film uses the partnership of Ms. Taylor and Dr. Krim as a way to explore the history of AIDS, and also look to the future of its treatment.
The directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, said of the making of the film:
Our approach was to reconstruct the history of the early years of the crisis through the twin lenses of scientific research - which seemed like a story that hadn't yet been told - and through the early activism of two powerhouse women.