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How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, News | 8 November 2013 (UK)
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The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

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David France

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David France, Woody Richman (as T. Woody Richman) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Koch ... Himself (archive footage)
David Barr David Barr ... Himself
Bob Rafsky Bob Rafsky ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Eigo Jim Eigo ... Himself
Ann Northrop Ann Northrop ... Herself
Larry Kramer ... Himself
Gregg Bordowitz Gregg Bordowitz ... Himself
Peter Staley ... Himself
Bill Bahlman Bill Bahlman ... Himself
Spencer Cox Spencer Cox ... Himself
Barbara Starrett Barbara Starrett ... Herself
Iris Long Iris Long ... Herself (archive footage)
Franke-Ruta Garance Franke-Ruta Garance ... Herself (as Garance Franke-Ruta)
Mark Harrington ... Himself
Jesse Helms Jesse Helms ... Himself (archive footage)
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In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, the disease was considered a death sentence affecting communities, like the LGBT ones, whom many in power felt deserved it. This film tells the story of how militant activists like ACT-UP and TAG pushed for a meaningful response to this serious public health problem. As the activists struggled against political indifference, religious hostility, corporate greed and apparently skewed scientific research priorities with determination and sheer audacity, they produced a political wave that would lead to not only an effective treatment regime, but would advance LGBT rights beyond anyone's expectations. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

AIDS-pioneerit See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$28,250, 23 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$132,055
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1.85 : 1
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Jesse Helms: They can speak as long as they don't offend anybody else, I suppose.
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Heroes here!
29 January 2013 | by meezaSee all my reviews

"How to Survive a Plague" is a gripping documentary that tracks down the chronological history of HIV and AIDS, from its onset in the early 80's to today. During the 80's, it was actually a plague killing millions of people. The documentary focuses on two advocacy groups ACT and TAG, and their tireless work for decades to persuade U.S. governments to allocate more funds for AIDS research and medicine. Their efforts helped turn AIDS from a fatal disease to a manageable condition. This documentary might be hard to survive through; not because of any inadequacy but because of the frightful scenes showing how many young people with bright futures died from AIDS. Director David France proficiently exhibits the work of ACT and later TAG from its very beginnings, and then finalizes it showing several ACT & TAG members today in how they were able to survive AIDS. These brave & honorable men practically saved their own lives with their advocacy efforts, and that is one ACT that if hard to follow. OK, now TAG, you are it. Because it is your turn to get educated with France's love letter to ACT & TAG with a "How to Survive a Plague" viewing. **** Good


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