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.
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.
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