Fire in the Blood
A new release from International Film Circuit, distributor of The Waiting Room, Emmy-winner Where Soldiers Come From, Peabody-winner My Perestroika, The Devil Came on Horseback and the Academy Award-nominated film Darwin’s Nightmare:
FIRE IN THE BLOOD
FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law and international trade agreements to keep profits unconscionably high, at the expense of peoples’ lives. This powerful and timely film shows the urgency of ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines, a message made all the more relevant amidst the ongoing debate over affordable healthcare in the United States.
SPECIAL World AIDS Day Event
December 1st 7:30PM
The Picture House – Pelham, NY
Screening & Discussion with:
Eric Sawyer (co-founder of ACT UP, Housing Works & Health GAP, UNAIDS advisor) and
Mark Milano (ACT UP activist & co-founder of Health GAP)
“Fiercely committed. Compellingly argued. An imperative exposé.”
– Andrew Schenker, TIME OUT NY
“Gray’s images are exquisite and unsparing.
Artful in nearly every frame.”
– Daphne Howland, VILLAGE VOICE
“Urgent topic. Illuminating content. Moving message.”
– Miriam Bale, NEW YORK TIMES
“Extremely moving. Powerful.
A shocking account of international trade terrorism.”
- David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Utterly absorbing and impossible to forget.”
- Jeremy Aspinall, BBC RADIO TIMES
“The one film that I’d put to the top of your must-see list.
You will be moved and enraged. A beautiful film to watch.”
- Tom Roston, PBS DOC SOUP
Synopsis: 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 affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. It is also the inspiring story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.
Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Corporate Crime of the Century’ and save millions of lives.
As the film makes clear, 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 really just beginning.
Cast: William Hurt (narrator), Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Joseph Stiglitz, James Love, Yusuf Hamied, Zackie Achmat, Peter Mugyenyi, Edwin Cameron, Eric Goemaere, Noor Jehan Majid, Denis Broun, Suniti Solomon, Nomvuselolo Kalolo and others.
About Filmmaker DYLAN MOHAN GRAY – Director/Producer/Writer/Editor
Born of Punjabi-Irish parentage and trained as a historian, Dylan Mohan Gray has worked in various capacities on feature films in over two dozen countries worldwide, in close collaboration with numerous acclaimed directors including Fatih Akin, Peter Greenaway, Paul Greengrass, Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair.
Dylan completed university studies in History and Film at Dartmouth College (US), as well as at the University of Vienna and the Budapest University of Economics. He holds graduate degrees in History from the Central European University and the University of the State of New York, with a research focus on historiography and geographic dimensions of identity.
He was also a resident in Film at Canada’s renowned Banff Centre for the Arts, and has a special interest in political stories with significant international and historical components, often involving complex ethical conflicts.
Dylan founded the production company Sparkwater India in 2005. He lives and works in Mumbai (Bombay) and Fire in the Blood is his first feature-length film as writer/director.
About International Film Circuit
International Film Circuit (InFC) was founded by Wendy Lidell in 1987 to bring quality international cinema to American audiences through innovative distribution strategies. For 26 years, the company has successfully launched critically acclaimed documentaries that have garnered countless awards, including two Academy Award nominees, two Peabody Award winners and half a dozen Emmy Award winners.