An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.
Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, Fire in the Blood is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save million of lives in the process.
As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.
Check out the trailer of the documentary.
Some rave reviews for the films:
“indispensable viewing… extremely moving… a powerful documentary that demands to be seen by as wide an audience as possible” “This is a shocking account of international trade terrorism sanctioned by Western governments.” – David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“quietly devastating… a testament to human decency and a damning indictment of laissez-faire capitalism.” – Philip French, THE OBSERVER/THE GUARDIAN
“A shocking documentary about how big Western pharmaceutical companies blocked access to low-cost anti-AIDS drugs, causing a holocaust of 10 million deaths. Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and many brave activists speak out…” – CRITIC’S CHOICE — ★★★★ (4 stars)” Kate Muir, THE TIMES
“[This] impassioned, persuasive film won’t have trouble spreading its essential message across the fest circuit and beyond… rivetingly researched [and] with wholly universal appeal” – Guy Lodge, VARIETY
“as a study in human greed this is shocking… it never loses sight of the individual suffering and courage which makes the story so significant.” – Trevor Johnston, TIMEOUT
Fire in the Blood was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. In India, the film will be released by PVR Director’s Rare on 11th October, 2013