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Moore says personal experiences spurred her to back Aids documentary

May 20, 2019

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US director Annabelle Attanasio poses during a photo session for Mickey and the Bear during the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.—AFP
US director Annabelle Attanasio poses during a photo session for Mickey and the Bear during the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.—AFP

CANNES: Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore said her experience of caring for someone infected with the Aids virus had spurred her decision to help promote the documentary ‘5B’ about the unsung heroes who looked after Aids sufferers in the 1980s.

The film, screened during the first week of the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of Ward 5B at the San Francisco General Hospital, the first specialist care unit for people with HIV/Aids in the United States.

In an interview at Cannes, Moore, 58, said she lost a friend to the virus just after graduating from college. “It was the end of 1984 and it was a friend who had gone to Mexico, and everyone said he had caught the flu — and he died two weeks later and I was shocked,” Moore said.

Published in Dawn, May 20th, 2019