Dan Krauss, Paul Haggis, USA 2018, 93’
Polish premiere
Changing the Game

When a new wave of homophobia brings about stigmatization and ostracism, it is worth mentioning the times when the fear of homosexual people turned into an actual panic. This documentary film made by Dan Krauss and Paul Haggis allows the audiences to find themselves in the heart of that storm—on the Ward 5B of San Francisco General Hospital. Built in 1983, the ward could not offer an effective cure to their patients, but became a battleground of ideas about how the patients suffering from "the gay disease" would pass away. Would it happen in a full isolation and confinement, or would they be cared for and supported? The medical staff was almost forced to minimize physical contacts with the patients and to approach them in hazmat suits. Almost, because the attitude of volunteers—nurses and doctors—would not allow it to happen. 5B is their story, full of fascinating archival materials and amazing testimonies. It’s a story about true heroism, the power of human touch, and the strength of human solidarity, which managed to tear apart the social hysteria.

Maciej Nowicki, Watch Docs

Dan Krauss

Born 1972. Krauss is best known for his two Oscar nominated documentary films The Death of Kevin Carter (2005), and Extremis (2016) in Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) category at 78th, and 89th Academy Awards respectively. In 2014, Krauss directed the feature documentary, The Kill Team, winner of the Independent Spirit Awards' Truer than Fiction Prize and Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. Krauss graduated with a M.J. from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he is now a lecturer.

Selected filmography

2005 The Death of Kevin Carter (doc. short)

2013 The Kill Team (doc.)

2016 Extremis (doc. short)

2018 Oddział 5B / 5B (doc.)

2019 The Kill Team

Paul Haggis

Paul Edward Haggis (born 1953) is a Canadian screenwriter, film producer, and director of film and television. He is best known as screenwriter and producer for consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners: Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2005), the latter of which he also directed. Haggis also co-wrote the war film Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He is the creator of the television series Due South (1994–1999) and co-creator of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001), among others. Haggis is a two-time Academy Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner, and seven-time Gemini Award winner.

Selected filmography

2004 Miasto gniewu / Crash

2007 The Black Donnellys

2007 W Dolinie Elah / In the Valley of Elah

2010 Dla niej wszystko / The Next Three Days

Cast & Crew

director Dan Krauss, Paul Haggis
screenplay Dan Krauss, Paul Haggis
cinematography Andrew Eckmann
editing Christopher Dillon
music Justin Melland
producer Brendan Gaul, Guru Gowrappan, Paul Haggis, Brett Henenberg, Dan Krauss, Rupert Maconick, Hayley Pappas
production Highway 61 Entertainment (in association with UM Studios, Saville Productions, f/8 Filmworks)
sales Kareem Cervantes
language English
coloration colour
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