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8th – 14th Nov 2013: UK Release of HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

31 October 2013


Award winning documentary feature film focusing on the struggle for survival during the AIDS epidemic of the 80s/90s. This story tracks the nine year battle of a small group of mostly HIV positive men and women who publicly take to the streets and face up to governments and medical corporations in order to save their own lives. Through their determination and activism, they save over 6 million lives.

“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.” – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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.

What is conveyed in the film is the day to day trials of people defending their right to receive treatment, having to research their own means of survival in order to address the highest levels of AIDS research to get the right medication. Their activism steered their own fate and the fate of the millions of AIDS suffers in the years that followed.

Director David France kindly allowed the Foundation to use some of the footage in its 20th year commemorative film to show how far we have come since the 1980s and how we can create an AIDS free future.

This is the film: 

On Friday 8th November David Furnish wrote an article in the UK newspaper The Evening Standard reflecting on how the determination of a small group of people getting past the stigma of AIDS in 1980s New York teaches us how to fight AIDS today.

You can read the article here: