Free Community Screening at Samuel Merritt University -- United in Anger: A History of Act UP

Samuel Merritt University


Free Community Screening at Samuel Merritt University -- United in Anger: A History of Act UP

With director Jim Hubbard in person


Anglyn Sasser
Tel: 510-869-6511 x2467

Date of Screening:
Jan. 31, 2013 -- show starts at 7 pm 

Samuel Merritt University,
Health Education Center
400 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
(3 blocks south of MacArthur BART station)

(January 8, 2013 — Oakland, Calif.)  Samuel Merritt University (SMU) will present a screening of the groundbreaking documentary “United In Anger: A History of ACT UP” at 7 p.m. on January 31. Free and open to the public, the screening will be held at the University’s Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Ave., in Oakland. The film’s director, Jim Hubbard, will be on hand for a Q & A after the film.

“United In Anger: A History of ACT UP” is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of how a small group of men and women, of all races and classes, came together in the late 1980s to form ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). Their goal was to end the AIDS epidemic and save each other’s lives in the face of government neglect, AIDS hysteria, and entrenched homophobia.

“Samuel Merritt University strives to reduce healthcare disparities and improve health outcomes for all,” said Anglyn Sasser, staff psychologist in SMU’s Health & Counseling Services. “This film illustrates how the efforts of a small group helped transform the nation’s response to a major epidemic.”

The documentary combines archival footage with insightful interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project. Viewers see the planning and execution of a half-dozen major protest actions — including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation — that forced the U.S. government, pharmaceutical companies, and the mainstream media to take notice of the AIDS crisis. “United in Anger” reveals the group’s complex culture — meetings, affinity groups, and approaches to civil disobedience, mingled with profound grief and the incredible energy of ACT UP.

“United in Anger: A History of Act Up” is co-presented by the Samuel Merritt University Pride Committee, The Office of Academic Affairs, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the John A. Graziano Memorial Library.

Press Kit:


For an interview with the director, please contact:
Jim Hubbard
phone: 646-396-9122




Samuel Merritt University has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit

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