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Run Time: 93 minutes
Since activist Larry Kramer called for its organization in 1987, ACT UP has been on the frontline in the war against the AIDS epidemic. Even from the beginning ACT UP was not a monolithic group; it acted as a magnet for the pain and rage of countless groups devastated by a new and terrifying killer. Through raw courage and brilliant planning, it channeled that rage into a force that brought awareness to the nation and forced action from pharmaceutical companies and even the government. Known mostly for its shocking tactics and protests, ACT UP was much more than many people realized. For the first time in history, an afflicted population took control of its epidemic and fought back. ACT UP members knew they had to document their own history and not let the mainstream media twist it. Blending present day interviews and an amazing wealth of archival material, UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP is not just an eye-opening and powerful history, but an empowering one as well. – C.R.
Jim Hubbard, Sarah Schulman
Jim Hubbard is the co-founder of the MIX NYC Festival for gay experimental film, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. He also maintains the ACT UP Oral History Project, from which the material for this documentary was obtained.
UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP (2011)
The Film Collaborative
This film is presented with the generous support of THE RICHARD J. FASENMYER CENTER FOR CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY