Magazine article Screen International

'Plague' Spreads to London

Magazine article Screen International

'Plague' Spreads to London

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David France talks about his AIDS activism documentary How To Survive A Plague.

Director David France was at the East End Film Festival in London yesterday with the London premiere of his Sundance hit documentary How To Survive A Plague, about a remarkable group of AIDS activists in the 1980s and 1990s. The film serves not only as a reminder of their heroic brave actions in that decade, but also as a portrait of the passions and pitfalls of activism itself -- something obviously relevant decades later.

Speaking to the audience at the Hackney Picturehouse after the screening, France noted that to many audiences, his film tells of forgotten history. "What I've found is that there's a divide from about age 35 to 40 and under, where they just don't know this history. They think the system took care of it. …

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