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RENT (article first published : 2007-10-7)

On October 18 at 22h45, M-Net will screen the musical drama Rent directed by Chris Columbus and starring Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Jesse L Martin.

In this rousing update of the opera, La Bohème, a group of bohemians living in New York’s East Village in 1989 band together to battle poverty, drug use and HIV/Aids. This vibrant musical takes viewers on a magical musical mystery tour to New York’s East Village, circa 1989, where an eclectic group– four of whom are HIV positive – are struggling to deal with love, loss and financial insecurity.

The story follows these eight people over the course of one year: Mark, a struggling documentary filmmaker; Roger, his musician roommate who is still mourning the death of his ex-girlfriend; Mimi, a heroin-addicted exotic dancer who develops a crush on Roger; Maureen, a performance artist who used to date Mark before she started dating a lesbian lawyer; Joanne, the lesbian lawyer; Tom, a gay computer genius who falls for a drag queen; Angel, the drag queen; and Benny, the landlord who is threatening to evict old friends Mark and Roger unless they come up with the rent.

The film is based on the award-winning Broadway musical – the first to deal frankly with HIV/Aids.




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