Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes presents
How to Survive a Plague
Thursday, November 30 at 7 pm
World AIDS day is an important day not only to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS but also to celebrate and learn about the amazing advancements in prevention and treatment options that we have
made! Join Planned Parenthood and the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) for this special screening of “How toSurvive a Plague.”
There will be resources and information on local HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in the lobby prior to this screening. PPSFL will be accepting donations for their Transgender Health Fund.
About the film:
How to Survive a Plague is an incisive and heartfelt 2012 American documentary film about the early years of the AIDS epidemic, and the efforts of activism groups ACT UP and TAG. It was directed by David France, a journalist who covered AIDS from its beginnings, he dedicated it to his partner Doug Gould, who died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1992. The documentary was produced using more than 700 hours of archived footage which included news coverage, interviews as well as film of demonstrations, meetings and conferences taken by ACT UP members themselves. Even today as AIDS is not the ‘plague’ it once was, this film shows what people will do when they are pushed to a limit – it’s not even about gay rights but about human rights, for proper health-care for the deathly ill. It’s filmmaking that doesn’t shy away from the rougher areas – and shows grave insight into what true activism can accomplish despite all odds.
How to Survive a Plague received awards for best documentary of 2012 from the Gotham Independent Film Awards and from the Boston Society of Film Critics. The Independent Spirit Awards nominated it for Best Documentary. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in the 85th Academy Awards. The film also won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary and a Peabody Award. It was nominated for a Directors Guild Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times named How to Survive a Plague one of the best five documentaries of 2012. Fellow New York Times critic Stephen Holden called the documentary the eighth best film of 2012. It also won Documentary of the Year at Attitude magazine’s Attitude Awards 2013.