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FIRE IN THE BLOOD: Panel Discussion

Thursday 14th March, 2013

A compelling 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.

This panel discussion followed the DocHouse screening of the film. With:

Christopher Hird - Executive Producer
Kush Naker - National Coordinator for UAEM (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines)
Lotti Rutter - Activism & Campaign Officer Stop AIDS Campaign

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Trailer

"Indispensable viewing... extremely moving... a powerful documentary that demands to be seen by as wide an audience as possible" – The Hollywood Reporter

"Stark, sobering, moving... [an] impressive film [that] hits all the right notes - intellectually and emotionally..." – Screen Daily