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.
How to survive a plague is a gripping film that tackles the taboo subject matter of the AIDS epidemic and portrays the struggle so many went through to be heard. Easily watchable because the historical plead for government protection and pro-activeness is told through the personal harrowing stories of those affected. The introduction of HIV medications was a watershed moment, and this film does justice in showing why
3-4. Very informative, as far as elucidating the roles of key individuals within the movement that got the government to fight the AIDS epidemic. There's not much of a felt presence here from the filmmakers, but that's often better for a documentary. Though I question certain tactics employed (the revenge funeral) and representations, I think it's also a nice ode to an average person's ability to make a change.