How to Survive a Plague

Film/Video

Images courtesy of IFC Films

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE - Official Trailer

How to Survive a Plague

Exclusive Columbus engagement!
(David France, 2012)

Wex at Gateway

Wexner Center members receive free admission to select screenings at the Gateway Film Center, located in the South Campus Gateway. The films are selected (and often introduced) by Wex curators. Don’t forget to bring your Wex member ID card to show at the Gateway’s box office.

Fri, Nov 2, 2012Thu, Nov 15, 2012
Repeats every day until Thu Nov 15 2012 .

“The first documentary that I have seen that does justice to this story of a civil rights movement rising from the ashes of our dead.” –Andrew Sullivan

“An epic celebration of heroism and tenacity, and less directly, a useful template for any fledgling activist movement, demonstrating the effectiveness of inside/outside stragegy.” –The Hollywood Reporter

How To Survive A Plague is the untold story of the efforts that turned AIDS into a mostly manageable condition – and the improbable group of young men and women who, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, and helped identify promising new compounds, moving them through trials and into drugstores in record time. These drugs saved their lives and ended the darkest days of the epidemic, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals.

These activists’ efforts created a paradigm for patient empowerment and health-care activism that has since been replicated in the fight against many other diseases from breast cancer to heart disease. And as AIDS spread to Africa, India, and Asia, these activists helped open local groups, exporting AIDS activism to press for better, and more accessible, treatment.

Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. Science has yet to find a cure, and without rejuvenated vigilance, transmission is on the rise – most remarkably, among young gay men who are ignorant of how AIDS activists beat back a plague, and along the way changed the world. (109 mins., DCP)

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

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Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

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