United in Anger: A History of Act Up

United in Anger: A History of Act Up
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United in Anger: A History of Act Up
USA, 2012, 93 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Gay/Lesbian, Political
Program: True Stories
Language: English

Awards: Winner: Best Documentary, Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

A riveting tear through the tumultuous history of Act Up, arguably one of the most effective political action movements of the past half-century, United in Anger traces the origins, outrageous (to some) exploits and achievements of this seminal group, including the die-in at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1989 and the Ashes Action at the White House in 1992.

Inspiring and electrifying in equal measures, the film vividly reflects the movement’s genesis at a time when people were dying in the tens of thousands, while the urgency of the situation seemed all but ignored by President Reagan, the FDA and avaricious drug companies. Spurred to action by the mounting death toll, men and women of different races and classes came together to fight the system, and succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings. Utilizing stunning archival footage and modern day interviews with Act Up veterans culled from the Act Up Oral History Project (co-founded by the film’s director, Jim Hubbard) the film paints a vivid portrait of effective social activism at work.

DIRECTOR: Jim Hubbard
Producer: Sarah Schulman
Editor: Ali Cotterill
Screenwriter: Ali Cotterill, Jim Hubbard
Cinematographer: James Wentzy
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: The Film Collaborative - www.thefilmcollaborative.org

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