Oscar-nominated doc in Strand Sunday Series

Jan 11, 2013
“How to Survive a Plague” puts viewers inside the struggle to make AIDS a fight, not a death sentence.

Rockland — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., continues a Sunday series of documentary films listed on the Academy Awards nomination Short List Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3:30 p.m. with “The House I Live In”; and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3:30 p.m. with “How to Survive a Plague,” which has just been nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

“The House I Live In” captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator and the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside  America’s longest war — a definitive portrait revealing its profound human rights implications.

Co-presented with the Camden International Film Festival, “How to Survive A Plague” chronicles an improbable group of young people who, faced with their own mortality, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. This film is the story of two coalitions — ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) — whose activism helped turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. With unfettered access to a trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heartbreaking failures and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

The Strand’s Short List series continues in February with “The Waiting Room” Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3:30 p.m., co-presented with CIFF; and “Detropia” Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are the usual $8.50, $7.50 for students and senior citizens. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070, Ext. 5.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Prison inmates are pictured in “The House I Live In,” a documentary written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.
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