World AIDS Day: How to Survive a Plague
(2012, dir. David France, 109 mins., USA)
Silence = Death is one of the most powerful and recognizable phrases from the 1980s. During a time when the very mention of AIDS created waves of terror and an HIV diagnosis was seen as a certain death sentence, two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – rose up to fight fear with research and action. These courageous activists took on the federal government, the pharmaceutical industry and an uninformed public to demand and help find a cure. Packing an emotional wallop with stirring interviews and riveting archival footage, How to Survive a Plague stands as an essential document of the battle to find an effective treatment for HIV. Preview the film.
Co-presented by Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival.