DURHAM, N.C. — “How to Survive a Plague” will be presented on Jan. 24 at the Carolina Theatre, Fletcher Hall, 309 Morgan St., at 7 p.m.
The film 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 1990s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making, producers say.
This documentary will be screened as part of Full Frame Film Festival’s Winter Series.
It is a 2013 Academy Award nominee and has netted various awards from festivals, critics, and more, across the nation.
Admission is free and open to the public.