How To Survive A Plague

How To Survive A Plague




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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.

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Reasons to Buy

  1. This film earned a nomination for Best Documentary at the 2013 Academy Awards!
  2. How to Survive a Plague has garnered major critical attention at film festivals all over the country.
  3. There have been a lot of film made recently on this topic - We Were Here, Vito and United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, to name a few - but this is the one that you absolutely do not want to miss.

DVD Features

Commentary With Director David France and ACT UP Activists Heidi Dorow, Joy Episalla, Bob Lederer and Ron Medley
Deleted Scenes


  • Director: David France
  • Producer: Howard Gertler
  • Producer: David France
  • Writer: David France
  • Writer: T. Woody Richman
  • Writer: Tyler H. Walk
  • Length: 1 hrs. 49 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Jun 11 2013
  • Added: Mar 27 2013
  • Production Year: 2012
  • TLA SKU: 1649987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 030306190297
  • Catalog #: DB34470403


3 Reviews for How To Survive A Plague

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Review by Robert O'Neill

By: Robert O'Neill
In-House Review - Jan 23 2013
Nominated for a "Best Documentary" Oscar® at the 2013 Academy Awards, How to Survive a Plague offers a riveting look at at the history of ACT UP. Founded in 1987, the "AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power" is a direct-action advocacy organization that wor... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
I first heard about "How to Survive a Plague" about a year ago and wrote that this was going to be a film to watch for and I just received word that it is going to be commercially released in September, 2012. The film is the story of two coalitions, ... Read More

Review by Then & Now

By: Then & Now
EPIC! Growing up in the 80s during the start of HIV and AIDS. This documentary brought back so many feelings of hope, love, faith and anger. On top of all of that. I was growing up in the South and in Western North Carolina. Being raised Souther... Read More

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