How to Survive a Plague

Copyright © Donna Binder.  A Sundance Selects release.
Copyright © Donna Binder. A Sundance Selects release.

How to Survive a Plague is an award-winning film story about the inspiring young people who created the most powerful social movement of our time, saving their own lives & millions more.

Director David France's film How To Survive A Plague has been hailed by the New York Times as a "moving and meticulous documentary about AIDS activism in the late 80s and early 90s," and won Best Documentary at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards. It tells the story of how AIDS went from a death sentence to a survivable disease. Ordinary people and organizations such as ACT UP and TAG fought for the drugs that would save millions of lives. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms.

The 120 minute film screening will be followed by a discussion with:


Kristen SchiltKristen Schilt
Assistant Professor in Sociology
The University of Chicago


Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPHMelissa Gilliam, MD, MPH
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics; Chief of the Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research; Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division; and Director of Ci3

Judy HoffmanJudy Hoffman
Filmmaker and Professor in the Cinema and Media Studies
The University of Chicago

Harold PollackHarold Pollack
The Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration
The University of Chicago