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How to Survive a Plague

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Location: R0.14 (Ramphal building)


Join the Centre for the History of Medicine and the Feminist Theory Group for a screening of the recent award-winning documentary film: How to Survive a Plague

“Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mould 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)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heart-breaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.” (film publicity)
publicity picture for How to Survive a Plague

The screening will be introduced by Claudia Stein and Roger Cooter, and followed by an open discussion with light refreshments.

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