Oscar-Nominated Documentary: How To Survive A Plague
Tuesday November 5, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room
Join us for a special screening of this 2013 nominee for Best Documentary, the winner of many other awards including Best Documentary Awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Featured on over 15 top-ten lists, the 2012 documentary How To Survive A Plague (which is not rated) is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence.
The 109-minute film centers on of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group). 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 unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980's and '90's, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.