How to Survive a Plague

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We are happy to announce the Clinton St. Resistance series is back! Here's how it works:

  • On select Mondays we offer discounted admission to films in the hope that as many people as possible will attend.
  • Proceeds after licensing costs from these screenings will be totaled at the end of the month and donated to a non-profit or community organization which we believe is doing good work in Portland and beyond.

That's it! You get to watch a great film for cheap and get an easy way to support an awesome organization that is supporting our community.

In June, we've selected the non-profit Black & Pink—a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.

In July, we've selected Sisters of the Road—a nonprofit Cafe in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood working to create systemic change that will end poverty and homelessness by providing nourishing meals in a safe, dignified space.

How to Survive a Plague

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"There are personal glimpses into the home lives of activists that left many in my theater wiping their tears on their coat sleeve." -Monica Castillo, Bitch Media

"This documentary by David France persuasively argues that one of the greatest grassroots activist campaigns of modern times was the Act Up movement." -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"A compellingly watchable portrait of a battle fought under that most memorable rallying cry: "Silence = Death". Bravo." -Mark Kermode, The Observer

"David France's rousing and inspirational documentary should be required viewing for political activists everywhere." -Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

How to Survive a Plague
Director: 
David France
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2012
Runtime: 
109 minutes

The story of the brave young people who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process. The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how you change the world.

Special Admission

$6 tickets available in advance online and at the door.

*Part of our June Clinton St. Resistance Series with proceeds benefiting Black & Pink.*