Fire In The Blood
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A shocking exposť of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits unconscionably high even at the expense of peoples' lives, and a plea for universal access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines. 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 affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths. It is also the inspiring story of the improbable… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"This infuriating documentary by Dylan Mohan Gray chronicles the long battle to make generic ARVs available to poor African countries, which big pharma resisted because cheap drugs would undermine their bloated pricing here in the U.S."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Only Gray's reliance on bland visuals and recourse to the conventional talking-heads docu-template dull the power of his imperative exposť."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Time Out New York
"Tediously conventional and uncinematic doc about a worthwhile story and issue, this pseudo sequel to How to Survive a Plague is less emotionally affecting"
‑ Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
"A powerful wake-up call. It will make your blood boil."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Fire In The Blood quite simply makes for stark, sobering, moving and ultimately shocking viewing."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"Unfortunately, Dylan Mohan Gray's slow and steady exposť never quite manages the propulsive gut punch its incendiary subject demands."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The film's sources maintain impressive composure in relating the repeated obstructions, sophistries, and obfuscations they faced, but their frustration is palpable."
‑ Daphne Howland, Village Voice
""Fire" clearly and succinctly reports on efforts to circumvent drug patents and provide millions of Africans suffering from HIV with antiviral drugs."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Watch the film if and when you can. Hopefully the information in this film will reach the masses and the disgust at the situation, still ongoing, will prompt true change."
‑ Mark Bell, Film Threat
"Only an unthinking monster could leave the cinema unmoved and unenlightened."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"This virtuous stance is not unusual for issue-based documentaries, but a film with such illuminating content deserves a more artful vehicle for its moving message."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"A basically constructed but rivetingly researched examination of the global fight for affordable antiretroviral therapy against Western pharamaceutical companies."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"By presenting facts without sensationalising the issue, this is a frightening depiction of the shocking disparity between the world's haves and have-nots, and also of the injustice created by unfettered capitalism."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It produces a collection of one-dimensional facts strung together with an utmost respect for chronology and documentary-making's most stale conventions."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"[An] insightful and quietly angry documentary about the way "Big Pharma" profiteering has been responsible for the preventable deaths of millions of impoverished people."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
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