fire in the blood

An intricate tale of ‘monopoly, medicine and mass murder’, this documentary explores how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of the global south during the 2000s.

programme information


1 x 84' or 1 x 60'

Production Company

Sparkwater Productions (India) Pvt. Ltd






Winner Best Documentary, Black Film Festival Montreal 2014
Winner Grand Jury Award, White Sands International Film Festival 2014
Winner Audience Award, Fairy Tales Film Festival, CA 2014
Winner Best Feature Documentary Award, DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2013
Winner Political Film Award, Hamburg Film Festival 2013
Winner Justice Matters Award, Washington DC Filmfest 2013

Episode Information

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 millions 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. Written and Directed by: Dylan Mohan Gray

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