Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

Release date:

1990

Running time:

26 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

Yes

Availability in North America:

Available in Canada

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Too Close…for Comfort is a short drama, the first film to tackle homophobia as it affects people with HIV infection and AIDS.

Set in the early 1990s, David witnesses his friend Nick being fired from a local store because he is HIV+. Word spreads quickly and creates a crisis among their group of friends. Attitudes of fear, blame and misunderstanding lead them to avoid any contact with Nick until one of them, Eric, recognizes their actions as discrimination and decides to make a video about it.

This groundbreaking production was created to counter negative attitudes toward gay and lesbian people in a climate of misconceptions about AIDS that were broad based in society, fed by mainstream media. A team of health professionals, aware that societal prejudice and misunderstanding of AIDS would provide a false sense of security about risk among youth, served as an advisory board for the making of the film and creation of the discussion guide that accompanies it.

Too Close…for Comfort was awarded the TVOntario prize for Best Youth Documentary at the 1992 Banff Television Festival.

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