Magazine article New Internationalist

120 Bpm

Magazine article New Internationalist

120 Bpm

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120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (143 minutes)

directed and co-written by Robin Campillo

They appear on stage, holding placards, shouting slogans, interrupting the professional politician's speech. A bag of what seems to be blood splatters the speaker who staggers, shocked, and is then handcuffed to the set. Cut to passionate debate at the debrief. A slim, bright young man - Sean - defends himself against the charge of indiscipline, of breaking the code of non-violence. They are members of ACT UP in 1990s Paris who are protesting government and pharmaceutical company indifference and inaction in the face of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The activists appear uninvited to raise awareness in schools and colleges and the sometimes hostile gay community. They organize politicized funerals of those among them who have died. …

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