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Fight Back, Fight AIDS: 15 Years of ACT UP
2nd May, Fri., 8:00pm, Screening Room,
Room 1307, 112 S. Michigan Ave
It is our honour to have James Wentzy’s documentary, Fight Back, Fight AIDS: 15 Years of ACT UP (2002, USA, 75:00) as our closing night film. This film garnered an excellent reaction from the audience in the PANORAMA DOKUMENTE section of the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival. Tonight, committee members from Queer to the Left will be present, to share with us their moment in the AIDS movement.
Review by Gülcin Wilhelm, Freitag (Germany), 02.14.2003
This 75-minute documentary film shows different public demonstrations carried out by ACT UP. They were directed against the ignorance both of the political structure and of the media. These spectacular actions range from the occupation of the stock exchange on Wall Street all the way to throwing the ashes of their AIDS-dead onto the front lawn of the White House. The anger of the activists was aimed to show that they regarded those who died in consequence of HIV to be the victims of a political assassination. They accused the government of responsibility for each death of every minute which delayed the development of medicines for AIDS.
Fight Back, Fight AIDS: 15 Years OF ACT UP shows those who were affected in
the eighties and nineties, who must not only deal with their own illness or grief,
but also must muster the strength for their political fight and battle against the
offending society. Time magazine had once titled an article, "AIDS now affects the
rest of us". The endeavour to push away homosexuals and other minorities in this way
finds its continuation in the public health policy of the Bush administration today.
Instead of an increase in funds for AIDS prevention and treatment, the government is
pushing a $135 million program to encourage young people to abstain from pre-marital
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