How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

A film by David France
Starring Bill Bahlman, David Barr and Gregg Bordowitz

Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of young people — many of them HIV-positive young men — broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment.

The activism and innovation of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.

With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

Words like “important” and “inspiring” tend too often to be meaninglessly attached to non-fiction filmmaking, but in the case of David France’s compelling snapshot of a revolutionary period in AIDS treatment, they are amply justified.The Hollywood Reporter


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Running Time
120 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Sunday, Sep 30, 2012
Saturday, Sep 29, 2012
Friday, Sep 28, 2012
Thursday, Sep 27, 2012
7:20pm · 5:00pm
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012
7:20pm · 5:00pm
Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012
7:20pm · 5:00pm
Monday, Sep 24, 2012
7:20pm · 5:00pm
Sunday, Sep 23, 2012
7:20pm · 5:00pm · 2:00pm
Saturday, Sep 22, 2012
7:20pm · 5:00pm · 2:00pm
Friday, Sep 21, 2012
7:20pm · 5:00pm · 2:00pm

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