How to Survive a Plague, a documentary about the history of AIDS treatment activism, opens nationwide in theaters on Friday, September 21. Longtime AIDS journalist and first-time filmmaker David France uses archival footage to show the impact of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and the Treatment Action Group (TAG). By focusing on the stories of a few members of both groups, including AIDSmeds founder Peter Staley, the film tells the larger story of the movement.

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