Today, 1st of December, is the world AIDS day, the day that we remember, get informed and raise awarness for the HIV virus.
Many films and documentaries have been released on this serious epidemic, trying to inform and make young people aware of the dangers. "Philadelphia", was the first "mainstream" film to touch this delicate subject.
The film was released in 1993 and was one of the first Hollywood productions to actually acknowledge AIDS, HIV, homosexuality and homophobia.
The story was based on true events that took place in the late 80s when, as in the movie, a lawyer sued hiw firm as he was fired after his employer found out he had AIDS.
The film portrays the struggle of leading man Tom Hanks, to deal with his (unknown) decease, society's fear and judgement and fight for his civil rights against his homophobic employer.
A very touching, bold film, that is not afraid to talk about delicated issues, as not only we view the story through the eyes of the victim, but also through his lawyer's, who tries to come in terms with his own fear for homosexuality and help his client.
The great performance of Tom Hanks, earned him his first Academy Award, adding to the success and popularity of the film.
Even today, 20 years later, this is a very contemporary film, as HIV is still the plague of our times.
35.3 million people are HIV positive as we speak. So, let's take some time today, to educate ourselves and our fellow citizens, so as to help stop spreading the virus.
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....