The untold story of the intensive efforts that turned AIDS into a manageable condition – and the improbable group of (mostly HIV-positive) young men and women whose amazing resilience broke through a time of rampant death and political indifference.
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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.
More like a four and a half. It's importance as a historical document within the LGBT community can't be left unsaid; thank god people were there to record the multitude of meetings, protests, and speeches made by the members of ACT UP. And that someone finally put it all together into a clear-cut narrative for the world to see many years later.
Does get bogged down about half way through, but a poignant account of a struggle I was too young to process when it was happening. Watching this now, I marvel at how well ACT UP armed its activism with science and methodology to combat the establishment's impotency and indifference.