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Pride On Screen: 25 Essential Queer Films

Pride On Screen

21 How To Survive A Plague
How to Survive a Plague
David France (2012)

The AIDS crisis hit the gay community around the same time that the personal camcorder hit retail shelves. Thus, the real-life figures in France’s shattering documentary, about the formation of ACT UP, could record themselves amid a fight for their lives, some of them becoming their own scientists after the government denied them necessary drug treatment. These are the men and women who’ve made HIV something to live with rather than die from, and this is the pre-eminent cinematic chronicle of their heroism. 

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