How To Survive A Plague

Saturday, December 1st at 4:00 pm

Co-presented by SAAF and the University of Arizona Public Health Student Alliance

Don’t miss this special World AIDS Day screening of the highly-acclaimed new documentary How to Survive a Plague, featuring a post-film discussion with local activists, educators and health experts.


“Electrifying. A magnificent documentary.” – Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly

“A testament to extraordinary human bravery … It stands as one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful sagas of the year.” – Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

“From a terrible epidemic comes a beautiful documentary. More than any other nonfiction work I've seen, with far-reaching intelligence and grace, How to Survive a Plague relays what happened in the early years of AIDS.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune


How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions - ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) - whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. 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 1980s and '90s, 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. The powerful story of these brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how you change the world. (Dir. by David France, 2012, 109 min., Not Rated, Sundance Selects) HD Digital Presentation


Visit the official movie website

Read an interview with director David France and producer Howard Gertler



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