Not all heroes wear capes—some, in fact, wear scrubs. This straightforward documentary illuminates the history of the nation’s first AIDS ward, which opened at San Francisco General Hospital in 1983, when the AIDS crisis was in the beginning stages. Its heroes are the medical workers—specifically several nurses and a few dedicated volunteers—who championed standards of care that prioritized compassion toward the patients. Through interviews with staff, patients, and activists, as well as visceral film and photographic documentation, viewers, especially those who may not remember or may not have even been alive at the time, will get a sense of the heartbreak and tenacity that defined a generation. Helmed by Crash director Paul Haggis and documentary filmmaker Dan Krauss, its simplicity is in service of its effectiveness.