• How to Survive a Plague
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How to Survive a Plague

by David France Border Lines

New York, 1987. Six years have passed since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed. There’s no medication available and the disease is deadly – and being ignored by the public health authority. In Greenwich Village, ‘Act Up’ is founded; a group of activists searching for therapies to combat the disease and bringing the taboo topic to the attention of the wider public. In HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, filmmaker David France, himself one of the very first AIDS activists, reverts back to Act Up’s extensive archive material to create a fascinating historical documentary. It shows how, with determination and solidarity, the world can be changed. In the West, an HIV diagnosis is no longer an automatic death sentence – the problem on a global scale, however, is far from over.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: USA, 2012
  • Runtime: 110 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German
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  • Director: David France
  • Cast: Peter Staley, Garance Franke-Ruta, Mark Harrington, Spencer Cox, Larry Kramer, Bill Bahlman, u.a.
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  • Screenplay: David France, T. Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk
  • Cinematography: Derek Wiesehahn
  • Editors: T. Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk, Jonathan Oppenheim
  • Music: Stuart Bogie, Luke O'Malley
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  • Producers: Howard Gertler, David France
  • Executive Producers: Joy Tomchin, Dan Cogan
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  • Production Companies: Public Square Films, Ninety Thousand Words
  • World Sales: Independent Film Channel
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