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Fire In The Blood (2013)



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A shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits unconscionably high even at the expense of peoples' lives, and a plea for universal access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines. 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 ten 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. (c) International Film Circuit


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This infuriating documentary by Dylan Mohan Gray chronicles the long battle to make generic ARVs available to poor African countries, which big pharma resisted because cheap drugs would undermine their bloated pricing here in the U.S.

Full Review… | January 30, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Unfortunately, Dylan Mohan Gray's slow and steady exposé never quite manages the propulsive gut punch its incendiary subject demands.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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This virtuous stance is not unusual for issue-based documentaries, but a film with such illuminating content deserves a more artful vehicle for its moving message.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
New York Times
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Only Gray's reliance on bland visuals and recourse to the conventional talking-heads docu-template dull the power of his imperative exposé.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Time Out
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The film's sources maintain impressive composure in relating the repeated obstructions, sophistries, and obfuscations they faced, but their frustration is palpable.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Village Voice
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A basically constructed but rivetingly researched examination of the global fight for affordable antiretroviral therapy against Western pharamaceutical companies.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
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A documentary everyone should be required to read. This shows why medicine and medical decisions should never be based on monetary issues. Pharm companies should be ashamed of themselves as this was not an isolated incident.

Bonnie Rhodus
Bonnie Rhodus

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