Monday, 4 March 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 77: Mon Mar 18

How to Survive a Plague (France, 2012): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.20pm
This documentary, which was a hit at Sundance and screens here as part of the BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, is also being shown on March 20 at 8.40pm in NFT2. Details here.

Here is the BFI introduction to the film:
'Greenwich Village, the mid-1980s. With the city’s formerly thriving gay population hit hard by the AIDS epidemic, the community became increasing despondent by the lack of treatments available and the apparent resistance from both the government and drug manufacturers to seek new cures. With time running out, hundreds of activists took to the streets, demanding research into new drug development. In the face of such crippling adversity, a community was forced to become its own doctors, its own pharmacists and ultimately its own saviours. Largely comprised of astonishing archive footage of political rallies, activist workshops and interviews with inspirational activists, How to Survive a Plague is a deserving nominee for Best Documentary at this year’s Academy Awards®. A vital and rousing chronicle of how a community united to fight for their lives, demanding change and the respect they deserved.'
Michael Blyth

Here is the trailer.

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