Documentary: Fire in the Blood (How Pharmaceutical companies restrict access to life saving AIDS drugs)
Fire in the blood is about how wealthy pharmaceutical companies and some governments have managed to monopolise and to restrict access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the so called third world. This has in turn resulted in millions of deaths that could, according to experts, been avoided.
Fire in the Blood is a documentary for people ready to put on a warrior’s mantle to fight for the world, regardless of which part of the world or which people needed to be advocated and fought for. If you are one of these gems ready to put on this mantle then “Fire in the Blood” may piss you off enough to spur you on! I say piss you off because that is probably the most appropriate reaction that most people will feel about this documentary and it’s protagonists who seem to be immoral and bloated pharmaceutical and insurance companies.
The only slight disappointment is the inclusion of former US President Bill Clinton as an advocate. Was this not the same Clinton who used cruise missile to bomb a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory? His reason apparently was that the factory was a cover for uranium production which was being channeled to build Sadam Hussein’s Iraq with nuclear weapons. Well all know what happened there…. Kudos for the inclusion and contribution of Desmond Tutu to this documentary. His moral compass has never wavered.
This is how the documentary is described:
Fire in the Blood, examines how millions have died from AIDS because big pharmaceutical companies and the United States have refused to allow developing nations to import life-saving generic drugs. The problem continues today as the World Trade Organization continues to block the importation of generic drugs in many countries because of a trade deal known as the Trips Agreement. We’re joined by the film’s director, Dylan Mohan Gray, and Ugandan AIDS doctor Peter Mugyenyi, who was arrested for trying to import generic drugs”