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How To Survive A Plague Review


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Nominated for the Oscar, this documentary is one of the most involving and moving films you'll see all year. At its core this is a movie about how a decent society should behave, even to the point of helping people who hurt themselves. Smokers, overeaters or bad drivers get assistance, but for a period in the 1980s, America's government, global businesses and the Catholic church turned their backs on people diagnosed with Aids, condemning them to a terrible death. But this isn't a gloomy movie: as the title suggests it explores those who made it through what they felt was a war.

After six devastating years of Aids in America, there was virtually no way anyone could get treatment, which meant that contracting HIV was a death sentence, and homosexuals were ruthlessly persecuted. Finally in 1987 a group of New Yorkers said enough is enough, forming Act Up as a peaceful protest group that forcefully demanded an end to discrimination and homophobia. They also pushed the pharmaceutical companies and the government to approve more affordable, more effective treatments.

The film is compiled from first-hand interviews with men and women who experienced these events, as well as an astonishing range of archive footage that conveys the wrenching anger, fear and resilience of a group of people who believed they should be treated with dignity rather than ignored or banished. And filmmaker France assembles this into a driving narrative that grabs hold of us and never lets go, focussing on the people and their personal experiences, while letting the political and medical issues linger in the background.

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Broadcasters Form Consortium To Produce Mobile Content


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Some of broadcaSting's biggest players, including the Fox and NBC networks as well as ION Television (partially owned by NBC), Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Belo, Media General, Meredith, Post-Newsweek, Raycom, and Hearst Television, have agreed to form a consortium to develop programming for mobile phones. The venture would use spectrum that the broadcasters abandoned when they switched to digital last year -- spectrum that the FCC wants them to relinquish so that it can be auctioned off to telecommunications firms. In a statement, Hearst Television chief David Barrett called the joint venture of rival broadcasters "unprecedented" and said that it "underscores U.S. broadcasters' commitment to bringing vital local news, weather, and emergency information to increasingly mobile U.S. consumers." But telecommunications firms have warned that they face a bandwidth crisis if the current trend of downloading and streaming video to such devices as Apple's iPhone and iPad continues. While some observers have suggested that the consortium amounts to an effort by the broadcasters to undermine the FCC's efforts to reclaim the unused spectrum for wireless, Britain's Financial Times indicated today (Wednesday) that wireless providers will be invited to join the group. "It's becoming increasingly apparent that this is an efficient spectrum play for wireless," Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, told the FT .

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Amfar 8th Annual Honoring With Pride Held At The Rainbow Room

David Barr - David Barr, Barbara Starrett New York City, USA - Amfar 8th Annual Honoring With Pride held at the Rainbow Room Tuesday 5th June 2007

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