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How To Survive A Plague

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HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
Donna Binder

How to Survive a Plague

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
110 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/21/12
performer:
Garance Franke-Ruta, Mark Harrington, Peter Staley
director:
David France
distributor:
Sundance Selects
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A-

In 1987, the gay activists who joined forces to battle the AIDS epidemic faced a mountain so steep it was nearly vertical. The inadequacy of the government’s response to the crisis reflected a deep homophobic indifference. Yet how could one fight it? 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. In doing so, they found hope where there had been only death. A-

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