(ACT UP) – AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power was not only prevalent in America but was also an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS (PWAs) during the AIDS pandemic to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment and policies to ultimately bring an end to the disease by mitigating loss of health and lives.
The French movie BPM (Beats Per Minute) follows a group of Paris ACT Up activists battling for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions.. 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.
Next to the United States, France has the highest number of AIDS cases and deaths.
BPM won the Grand Prix at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and is France’s official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film.