QUIET HEROES tells the story of infectious disease
specialist Dr. Kristen Ries and her partner (in both medicine and life) Maggie
Snyder, who ran the only practice to care for HIV/AIDS patients in Utah.
In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the
AIDS crisis, where patients received no support from—or were cast into exile
by—the political, religious, and medical communities. Further, Mormon culture
encouraged gay men to marry women and have a family to cure themselves of their
“affliction,” counsel which led to secret affairs and accidental marital
transmissions of HIV. In the entire state and intermountain region there was
only one doctor to serve all HIV/AIDS patients. This is the story of her fight
to save the lives of a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just
Co-director/producer Jared Ruga and subjects Peter Christie and Beverly
Stoddard in attendance.
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