INDEPENDENT LENS: How to Survive a Plague

INDEPENDENT LENS: How to Survive a Plague

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:00pm

Credit: Courtesy of INDEPENDENT LENS

Follow two groups whose activism turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. 

This acclaimed film tells the story of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), two groups whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these determined activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry to help identify promising new drugs and move them from experimental trials to patients. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage, How to Survive a Plague, airing Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, reveals the controversial actions, heated meetings, heartbreaking failures and exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making. By David France.

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