HBO will be premiering new documentary special The Battle of AmfAR Monday, December 2nd at 9:00. Directed by Rob Epstein (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk), the documentary tells of the creation of AmfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) by actress Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim, the latter becoming fascinated by unusual cancer cases that were being found in and subsequently killing gay men. When Taylor lost good friend Rock Hudson to the disease, Krim struck up a friendship with her and Taylor immediately accepted the request to join the fledgling foundation, becoming the public face of the cause and giving it traction with a certain sect of Americans.
Set to feature archival interviews/footage with Krim and Taylor, as well as interviews with amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole, AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz, New York University microbiologist Dr. Nathanial Landau, AIDS researcher Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, and Black AIDS Institute founder Phill Wilson, among others, The Battle of AmfAR will be encored on HBO December 2nd (5:15 a.m.), December 5th (2:45 p.m.), December 7th (5:10 a.m.), December 8th (5:00 p.m.), December 10th (10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.), December 14th (11:45 a.m.), and December 25th (5:20 a.m.). Additionally, the documentary is set to be reran on HBO2 December 4th (8:00 p.m.), December 12th (1:45 p.m.), December 16th (3:45 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), December 21st (10:50 a.m.), and December 31st (5:15 p.m.). A special sneak peek of The Battle of AmfAR will also air on World AIDS Day (December 1st) at 3:45 on HBO2.
You can check out a brief preview of The Battle of AmfAR below, as well as key art for the special released by HBO.
Will you be watching The Battle of AmfAR? How much do you know about the creation of the research foundation? Are we remotely close to coming up with a cure for HIV/AIDS?