Screening: How to Survive a Plague (2012)
1:00 to 3:00
Sun, December 1, 2019

How to Survive a Plague (2012)
Dir.: David France, 109 min.

In the dark days of 1987, America was six years into the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that was still largely being ignored both by government officials and health organizations — until the sudden emergence of the activist group ACT UP in Greenwich Village, New York, largely made up of HIV-positive participants who refused to die without a fight. Along with TAG (Treatment Action Group), and emboldened by the power of rebellion, they took on the challenges that public officials had ignored, raising awareness of the disease through a series of dramatic protests. More remarkably, they became recognized experts in virology, biology, and pharmaceutical chemistry.

December 1st is World AIDS Day, an opportunity to honor the 38 million people currently living with HIV and AIDS around the world, while also commemorating those we have lost. The Fowler presents an afternoon of powerful programs, culminating in a book signing to mark the release of the photo book Through Positive Eyes (2019), coedited by Gideon Mendel and David Gere, and published by Aperture.

1pm: We present a screening of How to Survive a Plague (2012).

3pm: The Catharsis Project led by artivist, storyteller, and choreographer Thomas Davis offers a dance program about communities affected by HIV.

3:30pm: The UCLA Sex Squad performs new hip-hop choreography by Jackie Lopez.

3:30–4:30pm: Project cofounder and curator David Gere will be available to sign copies of the new publication Through Positive Eyes, featuring photography and stories by 130 HIV-positive arts activists from ten cities around the world: Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Mumbai, Bangkok, Port-au-Prince, London, and Durban. Light refreshments will be served.

Throughout the afternoon 1–4pm: Members of the Los Angeles Through Positive Eyes Collective share their experiences living with HIV in the final gallery of the exhibition Through Positive Eyes.


Related Exhibition: Through Positive Eyes
Photography, video, and live storytelling components produced by people living with HIV and AIDS offer intimate access to everyday and extraordinary life moments from their perspectives. Their artistic statements are powerful tools for combating stigma, one of the most formidable barriers to fighting the epidemic.


Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd
$3/hr or max $13/day. Rideshare drop-off 305 Royce Drive.



Through Positive Eyes Film Series

Each month the Fowler presents documentaries and feature films that address the global health crisis created by HIV and AIDS. Programs feature talk backs and conversations cohosted by Los Angeles–based social services and community organizations following the screenings.