Hampton Roads Premiere of ‘Beats Per Minute’ Tomorrow

Film showcases ACT UP Paris activists as they take on powerful government & pharmaceutical companies

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On March 20, the LGBT Life Center and Naro Cinema are bringing the French film Beats Per Minute to Hampton Roads as a fundraising event for the 2018 Reel It Out (RIO) Film Festival.

Beats Per Minute is an award-winning French film about the ACT UP revolution that took place during the early 1990s.  The film is set in Paris where a group of activists go to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. At the time, many were both gay and HIV-positive who embraced their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency.

Prior to the screening of the film, Norfolk resident Jan Cline and owner of Jan Cline Fitness, will deliver opening remarks describing his memories of advocacy and activism with ACT UP when he lived in Cleveland, OH.

The event begins at 7 p.m.  You can purchase tickets HERE or at the Naro Cinema box office.

Act Up-Paris was created on June 26th 1989 upon the occasion of an upcoming Gay Pride parade during which fifteen or so activists then staged the first “die-in” lying down on the street with- out uttering a single word. Act Up’s origins stem from anger at the medical, political and religious establishments whose passivity and prejudices were, and still are today, at the heart of this epidemic’s human disaster.

Beats Per Minute (BPM) at Naro