How To Survive A Plague Director David France says his film documents a legacy we can all claim.

The Oscar-nominated Plague offers a fearless look at the rise and success of HIV/AIDS advocacy groups ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) and TAG (Treatment Action Group). The powerful movie pieces together archival footage to tell the story of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG – “whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.”

In accepting the GLAAD Media Award for outstanding documentary on Saturday, France said the film casts a light on “one of the worst chapters in American history.”

How to Survive A Plague is about a personal history. It's what I saw. It's what many of you saw. It's a history that somehow got lost. About how a microscopic virus exposed one of the worst chapters in American history,” France told the crowd.

And how political indifference and religious hostility allowed an infection that claimed at first 41 people to go on to claim over 70 million people. And how our community worked together to build a safety net to take care of people who were sick and respond to the epidemic.”

And that's an incredible story and an incredible legacy we can all claim,” he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)