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The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in 120 BPM.
As the AIDS epidemic tears through their community, the members of ACT UP Paris are fighting for survival. While they battle against governmental apathy, pharmaceutical greed and public ignorance, they also go out partying, debate politics and, occasionally, fall in love.
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. Urgent and affecting, it’s a film about life, death, passion, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive.
Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017
Programmed as part of LGBTQ+ History Month at University of Sussex