How To Survive A Plague (2012) In 1987, the gay activists who joined forces to battle the AIDS epidemic faced a mountain so steep it was nearly vertical. The inadequacy of… 2012-09-21 PT110M Documentary Garance Franke-Ruta Mark Harrington Peter Staley Sundance Selects
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How To Survive A Plague (2012)

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
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HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
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Details Limited Release: Sep 21, 2012; Length: 110 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: Garance Franke-Ruta, Mark Harrington and Peter Staley; Distributor: Sundance Selects

In 1987, the gay activists who joined forces to battle the AIDS epidemic faced a mountain so steep it was nearly vertical. The inadequacy of the government's response to the crisis reflected a deep homophobic indifference. Yet how could one fight it? As this stirring, scrupulous doc reveals, the members of ACT UP fused the fervor of revolutionaries, the tenacity of trial lawyers, and the rage of the dispossessed to change the very shape of the epidemic. In doing so, they found hope where there had been only death. A-

Originally posted Sep 26, 2012 Published in issue #1227 Oct 05, 2012 Order article reprints