How To Survive a Plague

Directed by David France, USA, 120mins, unrated.

O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th Street, Miami (305) 571-9970
General Admission $10.50, Student/ Senior $9.00, Members $7.50. General admission tickets available online and at the door. Student and Senior tickets only available at the door. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCHANGES. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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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

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…The first documentary that I have seen that does justice to this story of a civil rights movement rising from the ashes of our dead. Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast

Tells the story of these activists and the organisations they built… in compelling detail. Their fight was a Gandhian one—using the tactics of non-violent civil disobedience, the creativity of the gay community, and the effective but tough slog of grassroots participatory democracy. Chris Beyrer, The Lancet

Served powerfully, with minimal adornment… A moving and meticulous documentary about AIDS activism in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s A.O. Scott, The New York Times

…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, The Hollywood Reporter