Movie review| Khams Zotal
A well-Documented film which took 5 and half years to complete the film based on HIV/AIDS and the challenges issues faced by the people living with HIV/AIDS movies called “Fire in the blood” released on 28th March, 2014 at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi. This film is directed by Mr. Dylan Mohan Gray and is narrated by Mr. William Hurt. The film includes five Panelists, namely, 1. Congressman Jim McDermott(Democrat-WA-07), 2. Rohit Malpani, Policy Director, Doctor without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres(MSF), 3. James Love. Director, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and Jason Beaubien, Moderator, NPR Global Health and Development Correspondent.
Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University are the co-sponsor for a screening such informative and challenging documentary film, Fire in the Blood. The film will be followed by a discussion of challenges and opportunities for access to medicines, featuring a panel of distinguished speakers representing a range of expertise in the field of access to medicines. This film reveals- how the criminal racket allegedly enforced by large Pharmaceutical companies to block lifesaving drugs from third world countries, mainly Africa, which touches all our lives. It also depicts that most of us can also one of the victims, and we don’t even know it!
It also reflects us that in todays’ world, medicines and drugs are a business proposition. To see how pharmaceutical companies ruthlessly operate in non-developed, under privileged areas to deny rather than save lives is a process that this film explores and exposes with meticulously researched material and the authoritative voices of people who care about what happens to the poor.
The singular concern of Gray’s film establishes the enormity of the wrongdoers’ death-inducing syndicate early in the narrative. The unlikely heroes show up later. They are an Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla and vocal activists which went that extra mile to counter the damage done by the greedy global players in the business.
‘Fire In The Blood’ is an important treatise on the troubled diseased times we live in when the healers become the destroyers and medicines are turned into malicious money-making agents of destruction.
This film is also interesting since we can see some our great leaders like MK. Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Kofi Anan, Rruce and Some of the world’s most high active profile spokespersons like Desmond Tutu, Zackie Achmat and Bill Clinton give their voices to make a cogent powerful impact to us. And as such, watching ‘Fire In The Blood’ is not a breezy experience in life. It makes us wake up, to think hard and reconsider the quality of our lives. In other words, it does everything cinema is supposed to, but seldom does.