UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP is a feature-length documentary that combines archival footage with insightful interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project to explore ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots perspective. The film shows the planning and execution of major actions including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline 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, and the energy of ACT UP. Before there was Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, there was ACT UP.
With support from Women’s Studies, U‑M Screen Arts & Cultures, U‑M School of Public Health, U‑M Romance Languages and Literatures, Ann Arbor Film Festival, HARC HIV/AIDS Resource Center and Visual AIDS New York.
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