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How to Survive a Plague [DVD]

David France    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: David France
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,756 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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"Extraordinary! It's moving, it's engaging, it's uplifting, it is ultimately empowering."
- Mark Kermode

"Seeing the film made me realise how ignorant I was... An absolutely brilliant film."
- Catherine Shoard, THE GUARDIAN FILM SHOW

In a desperate effort to save their own lives, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mould as radical warriors to take on Washington and the medical establishment.

With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, Oscar-nominated filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

Blisteringly powerful, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE transports us back to a vital time of unbridled death, political indifference and staggering resilience, and constructs a commanding archetype for activism today.

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How To Survive A Plague

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taught me a lot. 21 Jan 2014
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Very moving and I learned a lot about AIDS and the search for a cure that I didn't know. It's not that I wasn't aware of it but I grew up in a boarding school and, even though we knew what was happening, and I am not and never was homophobic, it was something that didn't affect my rather sheltered life in a predomanently female environment. Decided to watch this after watching 'Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves' and not being able to get the beauty and tragedy of that out of my head for many weeks. When something gets to me or interests me, I want to learn as much as I can about it, read around it and find out more, so I bought and watched both this DVD and 'We Were Here' about the fight against AIDS in San Francisco. It also took several weeks for me to get the latter out of my head. I have also been reading around the subject and feel that I know so much more now, about all aspects of this terrible disease. I work in a school library and resource centre and I have given 'We Were Here' to the head of Humanities to watch because I plan to donate both DVDs to the library as I think that everyone should see them. I think that everyone should see them as a challenge to unthinking homophobia and also because people today seem to have forgotten about AIDS but it's still out there, they seem to think that it can be cured which, of course, it can't be - if you get it, it's with you for the rest of your life, even if you're lucky enough to be able to get, let alone afford, retroviral drugs to hold it in check. Hopefully, if more people see documentaries like this, the world will be a wiser, braver, more compassionate place and fewer people will find their lives overshadowed, or ended, by AIDS.
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A fascinating and important piece of work telling the history of the AIDS struggle in America in the early 80s
Packed full of archive footage - incredibly moving and ultimately hopeful
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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How To Survive A Plauge captures the mood and energy of the desperate battle to find out what the hell was going on in the early eighties as AIDS first hit the gay community in the USA. It shows the mood and energy of the people that set up ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) as a response to the lack of action from central government. Give it a watch you might just learn how to save a life....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courage Over Fear, Love Over Death. 16 Aug 2014
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I was head of HIV/AIDS services for a London borough during the height of the crisis in the 80s and 90s. My non-fiction book, God's Other Children - A London Memoir (available on this site) captures the UK experience; which, for far too many of us, was like living through an unacknowledged bloody war. It was terrifying and merciless. This DVD is reminder that our courage was stronger than our fear, and as I say in my book, it is also a reminder that, despite all of its apparent destructive finality, death is incapable of destroying love.

This is essential, highly recommended viewing for everyone who lived through that period of time, and those who didn't.

As for the reviewer who said gay promiscuity caused the AIDS epidemic, you can come kiss our collective surviving backsides, you bigoted fool.

Some thirty plus years after its arrival, every day is World AIDS Day for people affected by the big disease with a little name. It's personal. At the time of writing my book, the Foundation for AIDS Research reported the shocking worldwide statistics as follows:

* 35 million people are currently living with HIV
* 3.3 million of them are under 15 years old
* 2.3 million people were newly infected in 2012
* 260,000 of them were under 15 years old
* Every day nearly 6,300 people contract HIV - nearly 262 every hour
* 1.6 million people died of AIDS in 2012
* 210,000 of them were under 15 years
* To date 75 million people have contracted HIV and
* 35 million have died of related symptoms

In the UK there have been approximately 75,000 people diagnosed with HIV and about 22,000 related deaths. An additional 25,000 are thought to be living with HIV but are currently undiagnosed.
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