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DIRECTED BY: Robin Campillo

STARRING: Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adele Haenel, Antoine Reinartz



Co-presented by Focus on French Cinema

Post-film Q&A with Dr. A.C. Demidont, Chief Medical Officer of Anchor Health Initiative

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 with bold 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, 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.


Dr. A.C. Demidont is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and has been certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine since 2008. She is carrying out her longtime career goal to help improve the quality of life for under-served and marginalized populations. Through her rich medical background, she brings a continuity of care as someone who practices medicine directed at improving the quality of life for adolescents and adults within the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. She serves as a member of several HIV prevention task forces in Connecticut and is also an assistant clinical Professor of Medicine at Quinnipiac University’s Frank K. Netter School of Medicine and the Yale University School of Nursing.

“Robin Campillo's outstanding AIDS activist drama melds the personal,
the political and the erotic to heart-bursting effect.” - Variety


LANGUAGE: In French with English subtitles


RUNNING TIME: 140 minutes






$7-12, $7 for Alliance Francaise Members




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