Quiet Heroes wins a Daytime Emmy

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The documentary film by Jenny Mackenzie and Jared Ruga that tells the incredible story of Dr. Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder recently won a Daytime Emmy.  Quiet Heroes won the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special.   The film explores how Utah’s religious culture complicated the AIDS crisis in Salt Lake City, and Reis’ and Snyder’s care and compassion for AIDS patients at a time when people living with AIDS weren’t shown these basic human considerations.  

In the mid 1980s, Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder’s work inspired me to offer legal services to patients with HIV/AIDS.   Tami and I are proud of the support we have given to the University of Utah’s Dr. Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder Permanent Collection.  

The story of Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder is an important part of Utah’s history.  In the 1980s when HIV first came on the scene, patients who contracted the virus had a life expectancy of one year.  Kristen and Maggie often spent their weekends holding the hands of patients who were dying.   They were the only option for help for hundreds of patients; Snyder and Ries have kept their stories in scrapbooks and notebooks through the years. 

Quiet Heroes is available to stream on Amazon Prime.  Read more about this wonderful film and it’s accolades here