Filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray's first feature-length film "Fire in the Blood" exposes the greedy pharmaceutical companies who use patent law and international trade agreements to keep profits unconscionably high at the expense of peoples' lives.
Gray's critically-acclaimed documentary premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It also won the Best Feature Documentary Award at this year's DOXA Film Festival in Vancouver and Justice Matters Award at the Washington, D.C. International Film Festival.
"Fire in the Blood" will open this Friday, September 13, 2013 in Los Angeles. The film recently played in a limited theatrical release at the IFC Center in New York.
Gray's credits, include working 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.
Born of Punjabi-Irish parentage and trained as a historian, Gray studied History and Film at Dartmouth College, as well as at the University of Vienna and the Budapest University of Economics, and was a resident in Film at Canada’s renowned Banff Centre for the Arts.
Currently based in Mumbai (Bombay), Gray's interest in political stories with significant international and historical components, often involving complex ethical conflicts, led him to found the production company Sparkwater India in 2005.
In Gray's shocking exposé of pharmaceutical companies avarice, he conveys the urgent message of ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines, which has been made all the more relevant amidst the ongoing debates over affordable healthcare in the United States.
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, the documentary tells is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop 'the 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.
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SOURCE: InFC / The 2050 Group