“How to Survive a Plague”

Monday, September 17, 2012

David France, director of the documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” and Peter Staley, who is featured in the film, tell the story of a group of young AIDS activists who taught themselves science and policy to try to save their own lives, and ended up saving 6 million others. “How to Survive a Plague” opens September 21 at IFC Center.


David France and Peter Staley

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There were other disagreements earlier on over the types of contacts. Many people wanted to kepp the protests non-violent and others did not. I specifically remember ongoing arguments over whether to shut down the subway system during the morning rush hour by having members on every subway line and pulling the emergency brakes at a coordinated time.

Sep. 17 2012 01:55 PM

ACT UP also needed videographers to protect us (in court and on the street) from attacks by police.

Sep. 17 2012 01:52 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

This is, without a doubt, one of the most exceptionally efficacious citizens advocacy of the 20th century. What breaks the heart is the unnecessary loss of friends, neighbors and family members prior to getting some level of justice.

In spite of the heartbreak this will, no doubt, bring back for most of us, I'm excited to finally see this film. Hats off to you all for producing it!

Sep. 17 2012 01:45 PM
Elissa from White Plains

I remember the 1st ACT-UP rally in DC. The police were wearing the big, yellow, Playtex-type gloves your guest described, and the gay men started my favorite chant of all time:

"Your gloves don't match your shoes,
They'll see it on the news"

Sep. 17 2012 01:40 PM
Meg Davis from New York

It's great to reconnect with this history - though discouraging because most of the things the directors describe (ignorance, homophobia, hospital neglect, stigma, use of rubber gloves by police) apply to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in China and the developing world today.

Sep. 17 2012 01:36 PM

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