In the late 1980s, and at a time of rampant AIDS-related deaths in the US, an unlikely ensemble of fiercely passionate men and women, mostly HIV positive, changed the course of history with an unprecedented type of activism, to save their own lives and those of millions of others.
Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists educated themselves in virology, pharmacology, and cellular biology, infiltrating the pharmaceutical industry and helping to identify promising new drugs. Taking their battle to the highest levels of AIDS research with enormous demonstrations and irrefutable arguments the movement forced pharmaceutical companies to buckle to their demands, eventually having individuals appointed to advisory panels where research decisions are made. It was from this vantage point that they helped to identify the first truly effective medications against HIV – against any virus, in fact.
Using a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage, filmmaker David France tells a story of hope, activism and staggering resilience, and of how a then-reviled minority successfully fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
Followed by a post-screening Q&A panel including:
Anne Aslett - Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation
Christian Dolan - Christian is a HIV advocate and activist, and writes for Canadian online HIV magazine PositiveLite.com
Dr Jonathan Bell (Chair) - Associate Professor in History at the University of Reading. He is currently working on a major project on the interaction of questions of sexual minority rights and the politics of health care in America.
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Winner Best Documentary - Gotham Independent Film Award
Academy Award Nominee - Best Feature Documentary
Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection - AFI DOCS