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Documentary Explores How Elizabeth Taylor Joined Forces With A Scientist To Fight AIDS

Upcoming HBO documentary "The Battle Of amfAR" looks at the lives of two very different women – Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim – who joined forces in 1985 to create America’s first AIDS research foundation.

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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.

As amfAR’s founding chair, she also served as chairman of the board from 1990 until 2004.


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.

Watch the full trailer:

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The feature includes interviews from Dr. Krim, gay rights and AIDS activists, physicians, as well as footage of the late Elizabeth Taylor.