How to Survive a Plague is not a horror film. It is not even a fictional film. This is a documentary on the HIV/AIDS epidemic during the 1980s and early 1990s. I usually don’t post trailers for documentaries, and not many sites do. In this case, I think this is an important film and sheds light on what was going on during this time period. There was a group of activists called ACT UP who pushed for medical trials and research to help find a cure and a treatment for HIV/AIDS. I don’t want to delve to deeply into this film on this trailer post because I have seen the film and will have a review up for it on October 5th. I also talked to director David France about the film when he was in town a few months ago.
If you are in your thirties, like me, and remember when this whole epidemic started, you probably did not know about the story told in How to Survive a Plague. That makes it a must see for you and everyone who remembers what it was like when this epidemic first hit.
“HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process. The powerful story of their fight 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.”
How to Survive a Plague is already in limited release in theatres. It hits the Dallas area on October 5, 2012.
Source: iTunes Trailers
by Sarah Ksiazek