Director David France Teaches Us "How to Survive a Plague"

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In the documentary, How to Survive a Plague, award-winning journalist/author turned first-time filmmaker, David France explores the AIDS epidemic that took over our country in the '80s and '90s. In a 10-year span France covers an enormous amount of ground. From archival footage of dramatic protests to a look at the activist group Act Up to the pharmaceutical history of AIDS, France leaves no stone unturned in this documentary -- but as an admirer of social justice documentaries such as Paris is Burning insists that his first film goes beyond the topic of AIDS. He stresses that it's also about taking "heroic action."

The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundace Film Festival and is doing even more festival rounds. We had the opportunity to talk to David France during his time at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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