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120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) 15

Robin Campillo, France, 2017, 135m.

On 23 April The People’s Film Club are hosting a special fundraiser screening of 120 BPM. Funds raised will support the HIV charity Positive East. The film will be followed by a panel discussion exploring queer resistance & joy, then & now.

The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in 120 BPM, a stunning and heart-wrenching drama from the writer of Palme d’Or winner The Class, Robin Campillo. Based on the director’s own experiences, this vibrant and deeply emotional drama rushes with youthful energy, balancing powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality.

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017 and a host of international awards, this is an essential work of cinema with a profoundly moving and delicately crafted love story at its heart. Urgent and affecting, it’s a film about life, death, passion, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive.

About the Panel:

Phil Samba [he/him] is a health promotion specialist, researcher, social activist and writer with over five years of experience working in public health. His work primarily focuses on reducing the health inequalities of people of colour and in particular, improving the sexual and mental health of queer men of colour and increasing accurate visibility and representation for Black queer men.

Jonathan Blake [he/him] is a gay rights activist and former member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. He was one of the first people diagnosed with HIV in the UK in 1982. He is a champion of the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) campaign, and is a huge advocate for HIV testing.

Eden Topall-Rabanes [they/he] is an artist and queer activist. They are the curator of the queer techno art collective Riposte - which began in their flat in France in 2012. Their art uses illustration and creative writing to create open discussions around topics such as HIV, addiction, transness, queerness, race and their intersectionality.

About the Charity:

Positive East has been at the forefront of HIV service and care for three decades; supporting people from point of HIV diagnosis to longer term care.

Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Sean Dalmazo, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel

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