Documentary Centerpiece: How to Survive a Plague
(USA, 2012, 120 mins)
David France's debut feature, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, feels as stirring and urgent as the Occupy protests, proving anew that when concerned citizens take to the streets, they can change the world. In the early years of the AIDS pandemic, HIV-positive activists - literally fighting for their lives - took on Washington and Big Pharma by forming ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and TAG (Treatment Action Group). Combining theatrical protests with self-taught scientific training, these heroic groups both gave a sense of purpose to the dying and shook up the medical and governmental bureaucracies.Working with a treasure trove of archival footage - the many media-savvy activists recording each meeting and demonstration provided multiple angles, a rarity for a documentary - and new interviews with Larry Kramer and other legendary activists, France takes us into the planning sessions and behind the scenes of memorable protests at the White House and the Centers for Disease Control.
Wed, Jul 18th 7:00pm
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