As part of their Oscar Tune-Up programming, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will show the Academy Award-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague” on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30PM.
“How To Survive A Plague” is the untold story of the efforts that turned AIDS into a mostly manageable condition – and the improbable group of young men and women who, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, and helped identify promising new compounds, moving them through trials and into drugstores in record time. These drugs saved their lives and ended the darkest days of the epidemic, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals.
“How to Survive a Plague” is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
“From a terrible epidemic comes a beautiful documentary. More than any other nonfiction work I’ve seen, with far-reaching intelligence and grace, David France’s “How to Survive a Plague” relays what happened in the early years of AIDS. And what didn’t happen in terms of federal dollars spent on drug research … How can a film on this topic be so inspiring?”
- Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune
“If the movie expresses equal measures of sadness and outrage, it is charged with the exhilarating excitement felt by soldiers on the front lines of battle. Its heroes may have been sick, but in their struggle they are fiercely alive.”
- David France, The New York Times
“‘How to Survive a Plague’ follows the drama with the immediacy of the video shot at the time, and some of its most fascinating scenes involve scientists from drug companies such as Merck explaining the slow growth of knowledge about the nature of the disease. We grow familiar with the names and faces of many of the leaders in the movement. Some look directly into the camera and say they expect to die of the disease. Some are correct.”
- Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and older, $6 for college students with a university ID and $5 for museum members.