★★★ deeply and up-close historical information, but misuses the riveting found footage in its possession through sloppy editing. that bursting moment by Larry Kramer is, alone, worth the viewing.
This film chronicles the early years of AIDS. It's easy to forget the fear, hysteria, and stigma. This was a time when AIDS was a fatal disease. There were no treatments and the FDA was in no hurry to find any. I think this period was just as groundbreaking as Stonewall in terms of gay activism. This film uses raw footage and interviews to tell the story of how ACT UP forced the FDA and the nation to take action.
the first great film i've seen in 2013. genuinely moving. not just an expertly crafted, astoundingly intimate portrait of act-up, it also documents a VERY sophisticated, beneficial intersection between activism and science. it's not just about rallying in the streets, it's also about learning how the body works, developing treatments, advocating for drug availability. and the arthur russell music hit me in the gut.
Documentary about the AIDS crisis chronicles the (ultimately effective) mission of Act Up, an organization of activists who dedicated themselves to fighting for recognition and funding for AIDS research at the height of the epidemic. Well intentioned, but Act Up's angry, militant, and often offensive tactics are more off-putting than moving. The similarly themed WE HERE HERE struck a stronger emotional chord.