United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Director: Jim Hubbard
Producer: Sarah Schulman
Screenwriters: Ali Cotterill, Jim Hubbard
Director of photography: James Wentzy
Editor: Ali Cotterill
This incredible documentary, using period footage from the activist group ACTUP, gives viewers a clear understanding of the battle that was fought when the AIDS crisis first surfaced in 1987.
Produced in chronological order, the movie documents how individuals began gathering to discuss the common goal of injustice and what actions were taken to fight for the equality of individuals with AIDS. The movie depicts how the organization began, what the initial goals were, and how over a long span of time and quick growth of the group, it struggled internally with an ever growing agenda. And although not the focus of the movie, it also portrays how at this time period in American history, these meetings were the ‘hip’ place to be. All the gays attended and it was a safe haven to become a popular pick-up joint.
If you are of the younger queer generation, this movie is a must-see to gain an understanding of the heroic individuals who give us our freedom today. If you lived through this era, I would also recommend making this a must-see movie! Refresh, renew, rejuvenate, re-live and remember the experience!
The 92-minute movie will bring you to the edge of your seat with rage, tears, and excitement.
We highly recommend that all community centers, LGBT groups, pride groups, etc. should host movie-night and offer a showing of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.
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Here is the official press released description of the movie:
UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP is the first feature-length documentary about how ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the world and save each other’s lives. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of a dozen exhilarating major actions including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline of many of the other zaps and actions that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. UNITED IN ANGER reveals the group's complex culture – meetings, affinity groups, and approaches to civil disobedience mingle with profound grief, sexiness, and the incredible energy of ACT UP.