Film: "BPM - Beats Per Minute" (2017)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


Part of the ScreenPeace Film Festival 2018

A film by Robin Campillo

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, 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.

Introduction by Olivier Morel, assistant professor, Romance Languages and Literatures and Film, Television, and Theatre; associate director of Ph.D. in Literature, University of Notre Dame

All films in the series are free, but require tickets. To order tickets, call the DeBartolo Center ticket office at 574-631-2800 or purchase them online at


The ScreenPeace Film Festival is presented in partnership with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.


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