In 1996, the development of antiretroviral drug therapies may not have cured AIDS, but the breakthrough made the disease treatable—if patients could afford the hefty price tag. For millions in the developing world, the cost kept essential medicines out of reach and meant they would continue to die. Hope came in the form of low-cost generic drugs manufactured in India and elsewhere, but pharmaceutical companies—favoring patents over patients and profits over the prevention of unnecessary deaths—threatened legal action against any company that dared circumvent their control of the market. The struggle to overcome this inconceivably greedy blockade—with literally life or death stakes—is at the heart of Dylan Mohan Gray’s absorbing documentary.
Gray uses the response to the AIDS crisis in Africa to reveal the power of the drug companies and the impact of their lobby on the federal government. The implications of their ability to effectively deny critical treatment based on economic inequities are more far reaching than any single disease. - B. T.
About the Director
Trained as a historian, Dylan Mohan Gray has worked as first assistant director and second-unit director on feature films in more than two dozen countries with numerous leading directors, including Fatih Akin, Peter Greenaway, Paul Greengrass, Deepa Mehta, and Mira Nair. He lives in Mumbai, India. Fire in the Blood is his first feature-length film as writer/director.
Cast and Credits
Director: Dylan Mohan Gray
Screenwriter: Dylan Mohan Gray
Executive Producer: Christopher Hird
Producer: Dylan Mohan Gray
Coproducer: Rumana Gray
Cinematographer: Jay J. Odedra
Editors: Dylan Mohan Gray, Christopher Seward, Hugh Williams
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