How to Survive a Plague

Documentaries Feature and Short

“The whole world is watching!” the protesters chant in front of the National Institutes of Health, a place whose bureaucratic reluctance towards dialogue and action cost more lives every day. It’s the1980s, and as fast as the flu, a disease is spreading that is devastating primarily young men, turning them in a horrifyingly short time into withered, dying corpses. Noone has any information, the media and government remain silent and there is just a whisper of the “homosexuals’ plague” for which there is neither any cure nor a warning on how to prevent it. David France’s documentary uses exclusive never-before-seen footage, shot directly on the spot and during the time when two activist groups, ACT UP and TAG, joined forces and started a battle for their lives: finding treatment options, creating huge support communities, and using non-violent guerilla protest as well as radical art projects in order to break the general silence, which is literally killing. An action-driven, uncompromising film about a revolution and its heroes.

  • United States / 2012
  • 110 min / DCP
  • English
  • Subtitles: No Subtitle
  • Directors: David France
  • Praha: Mon 12 Nov 2012 / 8:30 pm / Kino Lucerna
  • Brno: Mon 19 Nov 2012 / 8:30 pm / Kino Art - velký sál
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