skip to content
Uncle Barb's

I was told I had an over abundance of original sin.

-Susan Sarandon-


How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

Rarely has a documentary moved the distortions aside to reveal history as it was made. The foresight of our brilliant community to chronicle the actions of ACT UP, TAG and personal stories provided the materials. David France wove them together artfully and with compassion.

My experience of the times was of personal loss. This historical perspective made it clear how much our community has gained because of the courage that changed the nation's conscience. The actions of dedicated, smart, relentless people gave voice to our humanity. They raised us in the darkest hours from victims who deserved punishment to humans with inherent rights. Our present status at the edge of achieving equal rights is a gift from those who organized, shouted, went to jail, were vilified, overlooked, discounted, but who would not remain silent.

How to Survive a Plague also made it clear to me that no matter how closely attached I was to the LGBTQ world, I only was aware of my personal connections to the epidemic. The political, societal oppressions I have always known as a woman perhaps obscured my view of the oppression that killed dozens of my friends. The politics of disease and health care were only in my peripheral view. I did the AIDS Walks, but I never shouted. I wish that I had.

How to Survive a Plague was viewed through constant tears. So many memories and so much loss, but also, gloriously, so much pride and gratitude for the gift that has been bequeathed. I also realized that the psychological and spiritual strength of those who have survived is heroic in its own right.

The after thought from this film is that I am grateful for a community capable of such honorable and successful action. 

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.