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★★★☆☆ "Fascists can be concerned citizens." This statement, made at a press conference by then-New York mayor Ed Koch, is just one of the many clips in How to Survive a Plague (2012) that plays as both entertainment and as a telling social/political moment. Koch was referring to the members and tactics of 'Act Up New York', the subject of David France's affecting documentary. Highlighting the way the group sought to galvanise public opinion and political will around the AIDS crisis of the late-1980s and early-1990s, How to Survive a Plague unspools like a much-needed record of an important chapter in recent history.

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