How to Survive a Plague

Director in person for Q&A at both screenings!

David France’s immersive moving-image document chronicling the rise of AIDS activism shows a movement though the lenses of those who captured it firsthand. Desperate people leveraged the skills they had—some wrote, some lobbied, many marched, and all mobilized— to fight a plague that vast swaths of society saw as just punishment for immoral actions. In calling attention to the hypocrisy and murderous naïveté of such beliefs, the men and women who formed ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) began a political and medical struggle that has resulted in AIDS becoming a manageable condition for those who can access treatment. Unflinching and powerfully told, the film is a blueprint for activists on many fronts. A Sundance Selects Release.