TAB: “How To Survive A Plague,” 12/1

TAB: “How To Survive A Plague,” 12/1

Tuesday, December 1, is World AIDS Day, an annual event that take place across the country to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV. To honor World AIDS Day, the Telluride AIDS Benefit hosts a screening of “How To Survive A Plague.” Showtime is 6 p.m. at Telluride’s Nugget Theatre. Tickets at the door, $10.

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Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, 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.

View the trailer here:



“Riveting…moving and essential.”
— Bruce Diones, The New Yorker

“A model for the here and now of how social change occurs.”
— Frank Bruni, NYTimes

“One of the ten best movies of 2012… If its essence could be bottled, David France’s fierce, heartbreaking documentary about the very early days of AIDS activism could serve as a tonic for demoralized political organizers, a bracing reminder that change is possible when a group of committed people come together to fight injustice, indifference, and prejudice…don’t miss this cathartic, inspiring film.”
— Dana Stevens, Slate

“Words like ‘important’ and ‘inspiring’ tend too often to be meaninglessly attached to non-fiction filmmaking, but in the case of David France’s compelling snapshot of a revolutionary period in AIDS treatment, they are amply justified… An epic celebration of heroism and tenacity, and less directly, a useful template for any fledgling activist movement, demonstrating the effectiveness of inside/outside strategy.”
— David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter


For further information, contact TAB’s executive director, Michelle Maughan,

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