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Date: Sunday, 16 May 2010
Time: 15:00 - 18:00
Location: The Annexe Gallery, 2nd Flr, Central Market Annexe \
Street: Jalan Hang Kasturi
Town/City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ADMISSION FREE

BOBBI CAMPBELL: Well, you know, if the gay community doesn't start raising hell, do you think Reagan is going to do a damn thing?
CHOREOGRAPHER: I wish I had your courage.
BOBBI CAMPBELL: Courage... no. I'm scared to death. I just have this self-determination to live. Don't you?

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PT Foundation & Seksualiti Merdeka present
Queer As Films

AND THE BAND PLAYED ON
(1993)

Synopsis below ...
This thrilling Emmy award-winning movie is based on the bestselling work of journalism by Randy Shilts, who single-handedly forced the world to pay attention to the AIDS crisis from the perspective of gay men, revealing how little was done about it for too long. The movie follows the dedicated epidemiologist Dr Don Francis (Matthew Modine) as he attempts to solve the mysteries of this new illness, even as the Reagan administration won't fund research for a disease that affects gay men, French and American scientists fight over who should get credit for discovering the virus, and the gay community is conflicted by this threat to their newfound sense of sexual liberation. As politics, greed and pride become obstacles to saving lives, the death toll climbs. Cast also includes Richard Gere, Ian McKellen, Steve Martin, Phil Collins, Lily Tomlin, Alan Alda and many others.

The following is some info about PT Foundation & Seksualiti Merdeka:
Gay activists these days try to distance themselves from the burden that is AIDS, after all it has been shown this disease has no sexual preference. But it was the emergence of the epidemic, first known as the "gay cancer" in the 80s that was instrumental in politicising members of the gay community who wanted to do more than watch their friends die and wait their turns. As the sense of panic gave way to outrage, gay men started forming organisations and coalitions to demand for their rights -- their rights to health, to life.

In Malaysia, organisations like PT Foundation and Malaysian Aids Council as well as individuals like Marina Mahathir, Dr. Christopher Lee (head of Infectious Diseases, Sungai Buloh Hospital) and Julian Jeyaseela (former director of Pink Triangle) have have successfully fought for better treatment and prevention of HIV, not only for gay men but everyone affected. But the latest study reveals that between 4-10% of men who have sex with men in KL are HIV-positive, that is between 1 in every 10 to 20 gay men. Have we done enough? Is the government doing enough? How can we demand for better policies for our community? Join us for this movie and a discussion with JULIAN JEYASEELA and a few doctor-activists on what had been done, and what else can be done.

ROGER GAIL LYON: "This is not a political issue. This is a health issue. This is not a gay issue. This is a human issue. And I do not intend to be defeated by it. I came here today in the hope that my epitaph would not read that I died of red tape."

As SUN 16 MAY is INTERNATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL DAY, this screening is in conjunction with AIDS AWARE campaign by PT Foundation and Ruumz to collect 13,000 photos by members of the public to commemorate the number of Malaysians who have lost their lives to AIDS so far. A selection of the photos are exhibited at The Annexe Gallery from 14-16 May. Click here to take part in this campaign: http://aidsaware.ruumz.com/Causes/Default_Ori.aspx
 


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