United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

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United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Film poster
Directed byJim Hubbard
Written byAli Cotterill, Jim Hubbard
Produced byJim Hubbard, Sarah Schulman
CinematographyJames Wentzy
Edited byAli Cotterill
Release date
  • June 6, 2012 (2012-06-06)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is a 2012 documentary film directed by Jim Hubbard about the beginning and progress of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people fighting the epidemic. Archival footage with oral histories of members of ACT UP depicts the history of civil disobedience against corporate greed, social indifference, and government negligence in the face of AIDS. Producers Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman created a documentary film that captures the efforts of ACT UP to remove the stigma associated with AIDS, fast track experimental drug research and testing, and provide a context for the devastating effects of the epidemic. Film includes several actions by ACT UP: Seize Control of the FDA,[1] Stop the Church,[2] and Day of Desperation.[3]


HIV arrives in the United States. People, mostly gay men, start dying. The US government ignores it.[4] The Church condemns homosexuals.[5] The Pharmaceutical industry produced expensive drugs. People keep dying.[6] Love, grief and outrage lead to the formation of ACT UP in March 1987. United in Anger: A History of ACT UP documents ACT UP's use of direct activism, civil disobedience, inroads and outroads to raise awareness and affect change on a national level.


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  1. ^ "Police Arrest AIDS Protesters Blocking Access to FDA Offices". Los Angeles Times. 11 October 1988.
  2. ^ ACT UP. 10 Year Anniversary of "Stop the Church".
  3. ^ Day of Desperation Synopsis. ACT UP New York.
  4. ^ Plante, Hank. "Reagan's Legacy". AIDS was first identified ... in medical journals in 1981... yet it wasn't until May 31, 1987 that President Reagan would give his first major address on AIDS.
  5. ^ DeParle, Jason (December 11, 1989). "111 Held in St. Patrick's AIDS Protest". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Boffey, Philip (January 14, 1986). "AIDS in the future: Experts say deaths will climb sharply". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-04.

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