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How to Survive a Plague

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HISTORY MISTREATS ITSELF | In a year of historical cinema that included Lincoln, which presented the gains of emancipation as a triumph of compromise and political kickbacks, and Zero Dark Thirty, which portrays war and torture efforts as a Rubik’s Cube of depoliticized data-gathering, some could find it refreshing that another Oscar nod, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, is a mere documentary. That’s important, because the overwhelming emotional candor and moral outrage of those behind the AIDS-awareness efforts of the 1980s helps to explain the relationship between politics and real people in ways either of those narrative films could not. Read Deirdre Fulton’s full take on the film on page 26, and see it tonight at 7:30 pm, at SPACE. (It also screens Friday and Sunday — check our film listings.)

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