Freedom2b Perth: August Meeting: “And the Band Played On.”

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In Recognition of the recent International AIDS Conference 2014 in Melbourne

And the Band Played On

This Movie is a MUST SEE movie.

HIV hasn’t gone away. Now, more than ever, we cannot afford to become complacent. There is the potential to eradicate this virus in the Western World. But, this effort will be hampered by carelessness and a disregard for personal responsibility.

Many within the GLBTI community today have little or no awareness of the struggle that occoured just to get AIDS acknowledged; let alone the work needed to identify HIV as the cause.

This is the story of the first years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and focuses on three key elements.

Dr. Don Francis, an immunologist with experience in eradicating smallpox and containing the Ebola virus.

The gay community in San Francisco  divided on the nature of the disease and what should be done about it.

Finally, the film deals with the International politics and the rivalry between Dr. Robert Gallo, the American virologist who claimed to have previously discovered the first retrovirus and his French counterpart at the Pasteur Institute, Dr. Luc Montagnier and his team. A struggle that led to disputed claims about who was first to identify HIV that became commonly known as the AIDS virus.

This movie is filled with some of Hollywood’s finest from Matthew Modine and Alan Alda to Lilly Tomlin and Sir Ian McKeller (Gandalf).

See you there!


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We will go to “U&I 24hr Pho restaurant” for Coffee and chat after the film. U&I is located on the corner of Francis and William St in Northbridge. Even if you can’t make the meeting itself please feel free to join us for coffee.

The Northbridge Piazza community Centre is located on the Corner of James and Lake Streets Northbridge, underneath and behind the Giant screen in the Piazza.