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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Peter Staley
Garance Franke-Ruta.
Directors
David France.
Screenwriters
David France
Todd Woody Richman
Tyler H. Walk .
Running Time
110 minutes

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How To Survive A Plague
Inspiring AIDS doc


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Plot
The early years of America's HIV/AIDS epidemic were a battleground of prejudice, disinterest and neglect. As David France's documentary records, the battle rumbled through big pharma, government and the church with compassion often in short supply.


Review
How To Survive A Plague

Based on meticulous research and drawing on 700 hours of archive footage, France’s profile of ACT UP pours fresh ignominy on the American political, religious and pharmaceutical communities who responded to the ’80s AIDS epidemic with prejudicial indifference.


Verdict
A moving treatment of a deeply personal subject (France's own partner died of an AIDS-related illness in 1992), and an enthralling depiction of a seriously fired-up popular movement.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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