ON February 26, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Miss Representation Action Group (MRAG) will screen the ground-breaking true story of a group of young people, many of them HIV-positive, who rose up to take on Washington and the medical establishment as champions of those living with AIDS.

How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Using archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France follows the group of self-made activists who infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry to identify new drugs and move them from experimental trials to patients in record time.