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How to Survive a Plague (2012)

  • Starring: Bob Rafsky, Iris Long, Larry Kramer, Peter Staley
  • Director: David France
  • Genre(s): History, Documentary, News
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 120 min.

This Free screening will be hosted by the Greater Ozarks Pridefest in partnership with Moxie Cinema.

Summary: How To Survive A Plague is the untold story of the efforts that turned AIDS into a mostly manageable condition – and the improbable group of young men and women who, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, and helped identify promising new compounds, moving them through trials and into drugstores in record time. These drugs saved their lives and ended the darkest days of the epidemic, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals. (IFC Films)

"When it's over, this documentary lingers as a testament to extraordinary human bravery. It stands as one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful sagas of the year. "
- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the best documentaries, and best films, of the year, it is required viewing for anyone with a desire for making their own world a better place, inspiring you to act up and fight back. "
- Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"The true value of the film is universal: These kids study the knotty viral science, pressure doctors into taking daring, inventive steps and make their cause a global emblem. "
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"Millions of lives have been saved - and extended - as the result of a tireless cadre of advocates who, as Eigo states, 'put their bodies on the line.'"
- Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"A concise overview's clarity and an epic narrative shape, with a happy ending to boot. "
- Dennis Harvey, Variety
"From a terrible epidemic comes a beautiful documentary."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"How to Survive a Plague, while a shaggier-structured documentary than many, is a heart-wrenching portrait of one of the saddest, most heroic chapters in American history. "
- Sara Stewart, New York Post
"David France's survey of AIDS advocacy should be invaluable to every frustrated movement, as both a road map and a reminder of how vital personal activism remains. "
- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News