Robin Campillo, 2017, 140 min
In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, in this fiction verite film the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.
There will be a Q&A with Michelangelo Signorile following the 6:00pm screening as well as an intro before the 9:00pm screening.
There will also be a holiday cocktail party sponsored by Intîme Boutique Wine in the downstairs lounge after the 6pm screening and before the 9pm screening.
Michelangelo Signorile is a journalist, commentator and author of several books, including the groundbreaking bestseller "Queer in America". He is the host of the SiriusXM radio show "The Michelangelo Signorile Show" and an editor-at-large of Huffington Post Queer Voices. He was a member of ACT UP New York in the late '80s, and chaired its Media Committee, publicizing many of ACT UP's protests and demonstrations.
Early bird price : $15 (before November 21)
Regular price : $20 (after November 22)
With the support of UniFrance, Intîme Wine and the Shrine.
This screening is the third program in the new Harlem film series Uptown Flicks @ Maysles curated by Adeline Monzier and co-organized by Marie Gentine. The monthly series features screenings of top recent French documentaries, fiction verite films, Francophone films, and French co-productions followed by a drink to mingle and share reactions! The films presented all have one thing in common: they are questioning the current state of the world, sometimes with a radical perspective, sometimes with a hopeful look at humanity at its best, and end up opening our eyes about the role images and narratives play in bringing these issues to our awareness.