Join us for five days full of festival goodness April 24 - 28, 2013. All screenings will take place at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, located at 149 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.
How to Survive a Plague
The story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
Awards & Reviews:
“Riveting…moving and essential.” - Bruce Diones, The New Yorker
“Even if you lived through this era, went to protests, wept over the AIDS quilt and believed yourself aware, director David France’s assured, seamless directorial debut, rich with archival footage, will teach you something about courage, dedication and the power of well-directed anger…It’s never too late to say, see this movie.” - Mary Pols, TIME magazine
“The first documentary that I have seen that does justice to this story of a civil rights movement rising from the ashes of our dead.” – Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast
“Electrifying…a magnificent documentary.” - Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly
“Both gripping and wrenching — not to mention thrilling — David France’s documentary recalls a slice of recent history that is in danger of being lost.” - Marshall Fine, the Huffington Post
Speaker PanelDr. Julio Montaner - Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Director of IDC and Physician Program Director for HIV/AIDS PHC
Dr. Julio Montaner is the Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the Chair in AIDS Research and Head of Division of AIDS in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and the Past-President of the International AIDS Society (IAS). His clinical research interests include HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral therapy, respiratory complications of HIV infection, salvage therapy in HIV/AIDS, multiple drug rescue therapy in HIV/AIDS, initiation of treatment in HIV/AIDS, treatment interruptions in HIV/AIDS, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) in HIV/AIDS, pharmacology and drug interactions in HIV/AIDS, and the expansion of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) to prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS.Julio Montaner’s recent research has been primarily focused on the implementation of the Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS (STOP HIV/AIDS) initiative, which will utilize HIV treatment as an HIV prevention strategy in BC. The initiative seeks to drastically decrease HIV related morbidity and mortality in the province.