How to Survive a Plague Movie Poster
  • Released
  • September 21, 2012
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • Documentary
  • 15 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that How to Survive a Plague is a 2013 Oscar-nominated documentary about the grassroots activism that the AIDS epidemic first spurred in the 1980s. In the United States, the early epidemic largely targeted the gay male population, with New York City hit especially hard. This may raise questions from younger viewers as to why gay men were the first to be hit by the epidemic, and teens may have questions about what gay sex practices made that population most vulnerable early on. The movie displays archival footage showing how devastated victims and their supporters created ACT UP, an organization dedicated to spurring the government and pharmaceutical companies into releasing existing treatments and creating new ones. Images of emaciated and dying AIDS patients are part of the movie's landscape. Police brutality and political and religious anti-gay bias are on full display. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "faggot."

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