United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

Courtesy Hammer Museum

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Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Westwood, CA  90024
310-443-7000
As part of its series of political films, People Power, the Hammer Museum screens United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, followed by a discussion with producer Sarah Schulman. Released the same year as 2012’s Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague, Jim Hubbard’s documentary also tracks the roots of early gay activism. Between 1981 to 1987, when ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) formed in New York, more than 40,000 people had died of AIDS in America. The movie follows the grassroots efforts of ACT UP’s volunteers – especially its lesbian members and many “affinity groups” – who fought resistance from the government, FDA and the Catholic Church to gain access to drugs by staging such high-profile protests as demonstrations on Wall Street, a “die-in” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and spreading ashes of AIDS victims over the White House lawn.
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