HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process. The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how you change the world.
- David France
- Run Time
- 1 hour 49 minutes
As this stirring, scrupulous doc reveals, the members of ACT UP fused the fervor of revolutionaries, the tenacity of trial lawyers, and the rage of the dispossessed to change the very shape of the epidemic.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 01.07.2013
One of the most important documentaries in years or decades ...Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 09.22.2012
Moving and essential.Bruce Diones, New Yorker, 09.30.2012
From a terrible epidemic comes a beautiful documentary.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 01.07.2013