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 1 is World AIDS Day.
Following the screening, The Catharsis Project by Thomas Davis will present dance pieces about the HIV epidemic with communities affected by HIV. The program concludes with a book signingof Through Positive Eyes and light reception in the Davis Courtyard.
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.
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.