BIFF 2020
How to Survive A Plague

How To Survive A Plague

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HIV is no longer a death sentence.

Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group). Filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

DAVID FRANCE has been senior editor of Neewsweek and is a contributing editor of New York Magazine. His work has been published widely, including in GQThe New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerVanity Fair, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of three books: Bag of Toys, about sadomasochism and violence among the elite of New York art society; Our Fathers, an investigation of sexual abuse of young boys in the Catholic Church; and The Confession, a collaboration with ex-governor James E. McGreevey, who came out as gay and retired from politics in August 2004. France has been on leave from magazine journalism to compete his major project on AIDS: the feature documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012).