‘Choose Life’: Film screening and discussion

    • Date:
    • Time: 19:00 - 21:00
    • Event fee: Free
    • Location address
    • Address: National Library of Scotland George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EW
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To mark World AIDS Day, the National Library of Scotland is hosting a film screening of the 2019 documentary film ‘Choose Life: Edinburgh’s Battle Against Aids’, in partnership with Waverley Care.

The film screening will be accompanied by poetry from David Kinloch. It will conclude with a look to the future, and the campaign to #GetToZero new HIV transmission by 2030.

This landmark documentary examines the ten-year period between 1979 and 1989 when Edinburgh faced a frightening new epidemic and was dubbed the ‘AIDS capital of Europe’. It meets the doctors, heroin addicts and those who used drugs, police, and locals caught up in events they could barely understand. This documentary reveals how events thousands of miles away had a massive impact on Scotland’s capital.

The screening will be introduced by poet David Kinloch and the film’s director Stephen Bennett. Following the screening, David and Stephen will be joined by curator, Dora Petherbridge, for a post-show discussion.

The event accompanies the current display, ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears: Scotland’s HIV Story’ which is on at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge Edinburgh until 2 December.

Film running time: 60 minutes
Event running time: 2 hours (inclusive of film screening)


Friday 1 December
7pm to 9pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
George IV Bridge
Free. Book ‘Choose Life: Film screening’ via Eventbrite