2015 South Asian Film Festival: Fire in the Blood
The South Asian Film Festival will present Fire in the Blood, an intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice. The documentary 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 million 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.
The film will be preceded by the short film, Asian Pride Project.