HBO's documentary series will feature
the broadcast premiere of The Battle of AmfAR on December 2,
with a sneak preview to air on World AIDS Day, December 1, on HBO 2.
The Battle of AmfAR documents
how two very different women – Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and
research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim – joined forces to create the
Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), America's first AIDS research
foundation, forever changing the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The film's description reads: “By
tracing the roots of the AIDS pandemic – through the use of new and
archival interviews, news broadcasts, time lapse fluorescence
microscopy and animation – THE BATTLE OF AMFAR educates the viewer
on the history of the stigma of the virus by examining the political
and social attitudes towards those infected since the emergence of
A trailer for the film includes
national press conference footage of the late Elizabeth Taylor
saying, “I was made so aware of this huge loud silence regarding
AIDS that I finally thought to myself, “Bitch, do something
yourself.'” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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The Battle of AmfAR is directed
by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the award-winning team behind
The Celluloid Closet and Common Threads: Stories from the
Quilt, and executive produced by fashion mogul Kenneth Cole.