How to Survive a Plague Synopsis
Members of Act-Up and other AIDS activists in the late '80s lead the charge for a cure.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
When it's over, this documentary lingers as a testament to extraordinary human bravery. It stands as one of the most heartbreaking and...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
We're now far enough from that era that seeing it all again feels like a slap to the face in the same way that watching certain moments in...
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NPR

By Ella Taylor
ACT UP soldiers on today, as it must, given the lack of official attention to the resurgence of HIV among young American men in...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What's so remarkable about their decadeslong campaign, though, is how desperation led to inspiration - to the inspired notion that they, as...
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88

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
How to Survive a Plague, while a shaggier-structured documentary than many, is a heart-wrenching portrait of one of the saddest, most...
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Presents a cast of characters who must continue fighting, for what's at stake is the very real, very imminent threat of their own deaths.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
From a terrible epidemic comes a beautiful documentary.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The most heartbreaking scene shows survivors of the dead reaching through fence railings to scatter their ashes on the White House lawn,...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
It can feel inchoate, dropping the viewer in the middle of events without much context, and it exacts an emotional toll. But its raw...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
David France's survey of AIDS advocacy should be invaluable to every frustrated movement, as both a road map and a reminder of how vital...
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How To Survive a Plague

By mullinobud
Outstanding documentary on the early responses to the HIV/AIDS Crisis. How the gay community took the reins and addressed the problem when the leaders of the country would not. Definitely a ...

One Of Those "Must See" Documentaries

By WooferBearATL
I have to say... I had not heard about this movie until I heard about it on the Derek & Romaine Show... And I'm really glad that I did. I grew up in the 80's... I remember when they used to give...

Raw Energy

By Chitan
Amazing, humbling, profound, inspiring, moving, empowering. Just a few words to describe this film. David France takes you to the front lines of the war on AIDS from 1987-1994. Watching in the...

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