Scene 1 Mon, Apr 22 6:00 PM
Event Info
Dialogue:post-screening discussion presented by HIV/AIDS in Iowa City: Thirty Years and Beyond
Series Info
Series:Pride at FilmScene
Special Event
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:110 minutes
Director:David France
Year Released:2012
Production Country:USA


Presented in partnership with HIV/AIDS: Thirty Years and Beyond and Iowa City Pride.

"Singular and powerful."  - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"An essential document of queer history." - A.O. Scott, New York Times

"A testament to extraordinary human bravery." Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

WINNER - Sundance Film Festival: Best Documentary

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 opression 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.