From O Cinema:
Faced with their own mortality, an impassioned group of young people broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment.
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 oppression 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.
Dr. Bill Darrow will join us for the 7pm screening on Sunday, Oct 28th for a brief Q&A afterwards.
Dr. Bill Darrow’s was the first sociologist to track the origin of the virus to patient zero during his tenure at the CDC. His role in the discovery of the AIDS virus, HIV, was described by Randy Shilts’ 1987 book And the Band Played On, He was also portrayed in the film adaption of the book as well as appearing in the documentary, Zero Factor.