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120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) at Filmhouse + Discussion

Event organized by Filmhouse

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In the early 1990s, with AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly a decade, Paris activist group ACT UP double their efforts, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies on a mission of quite literally life-or-death urgency.

Amid the rallies, debates and ecstatic dance parties, newcomer Nathan (Arnaud Valois) has his world shaken up by the group's radical militant leader Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart). Robin Campillo's moving and exhilarating film won multiple awards at film festivals worldwide, including four at Cannes.

The screening on Tue 1 May at 7.30pm will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A, where we will be joined by team members from two projects based at the The University of Edinburgh: Sex, Drugs and Activism, which explores the relationship between sexuality, activism and citizenship and considers the implications of this complex relationship for the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the UK, and Cruising the 70s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures, which explores pre-HIV/AIDS queer social and sexual cultures of the 1970s and their significance for LGBTQ people across Europe now and in the future