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.
This doc by no means stands alone; it is one resource focused on ACT UP's activism and advocacy, and I hope the curious will use it as a jumping-off point for finding things to google and research about the AIDS epidemic and the LGBT community of the '80s and '90s in general. It is a darned fine resource! Essential and valuable.
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
This documentary was very eye opening to the pandemic that was AIDS and HIV. Many of the dark portions of the history of these diseases, and what it took to bounce back from them. Enjoyed it over all and would recommend to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of history
The sadness of this film is highlighted by the HIV outbreak in Scott County, IN within the last 2 years, exacerbated by reds who blamed resident behavior and refused needle exchange. That red is now vp, and the attack on the poor has replaced the attack on sexual orientation. Nice to see heroes, hard to accept the plague continues.
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.
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.