How to Survive a Plague

Truth To Power
Director: David France | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2012 | Length: 110 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Certificate: 18 Cert
Genres: Documentary |
Topics: HIV & AIDS

How to Survive a Plague is the inspirational story of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – who united, using activism and innovation, to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition, as well as confronting attitudes of the time.

Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With remarkable access to never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France immerses the viewer in this very real struggle between set-back and breakthrough.

A heart-wrenching portrait of one of the saddest, most heroic chapters in American history
New York Post

Oscar, Nominated, Best Documentary, Feature