Global Visions' opening night gala film chronicles the Herculean nine-year struggle of the NYC-based AIDS Colaition to Unleash Power to mobilize the resistant (if not explicitly homophobic) powers of government and industry and develop drugs that might alleviate the suffering of those afflicted with HIV. How to Survive a Plague is riveting, tremendously moving, historically important and, in the best sense of the word, outrageous. The Coalition's acronym, ACT UP, is not accidental: highlights from their record of creative activism/political showmanship include spreading the ashes of AIDS victims on the lawn of the White House and rolling one big-ass condom over the home of Senator Jesse Helms. Abundant archival material is shrewdly employed, while new interviews with highly articulate surviving activists imbue How to Survive a Plague with first-person immediacy and vivid detail. See this movie.
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