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Got 2B There

Jose Torrealba directed this 1999 film about an informal all-night gay party circuit that spans more than 50 cities in 11 countries. Scenes of writhing bare-chested bodies are intercut with diverse commentary from promoters, partygoers, writers, and activists. Defended as “empowering” events that constitute the “coming together of the tribe,” the parties are also criticized for encouraging drug use and unsafe sex and for reinforcing a buff standard of beauty; many are AIDS benefits, but one interviewee questions how much money actually goes to the cause. The party footage captures the hypnotic rhythms of the music, lights, and dance without ever really capturing the “ecstatic” state some describe, but the gatherings clearly offer positive reinforcement to a community ravaged by prejudice and disease.

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