Written by: FFT Webmaster | March 14th, 2012
Sundance Selects, a division of IFC Films, has acquired North American rights to David France’s documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE. The film chronicles the desperate early days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, when faced with their own mortality, a group of HIV positive young men and women became radical warriors to wake up the conscience of the nation, the attention of the medical establishment and the support of the government to the growing health emergency. The film tells the story of two activist groups ACT UP and TAG whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. The film, which had its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, unearths a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and 1990s, putting audiences in the midst of the political debate and the social unrest that creates heroes and martyrs in the process. With its multi-platform release strategy, the film will reach a wide audience and have a long life as an educational tool to illuminate the 30 year history of the disease, which still claims millions of victims around the world every year.