Directed by David France English 1 hr 49 mins, rated NR 2012 New York Film Critics Circle Best First Film 2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012 NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS FESTIVAL 2012 TRUE/FALSE FILM FESTIVAL 2012 FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2012 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012 BOSTON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2012 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012 SILVERDOCS FILM FESTIVAL 2012 OUTFEST
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.
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